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Esperanto, The EU, and the Nobel Peace Prize

European Union

Ljudmila Novak, cardiology who I assume is a Polish a Slovenian delegate to the European Union Parliament, rx is suggesting that Esperanto be the common language for the European Union. Yea!

Since it was mentioned below I will go ahead and add this to the post. I have seen this around, eczema but I have not posted it yet, since I had a good idea what it was about. The Prague Manifesto, which was drafted in 1996 at a World Congress of Esperato, gives a wonderful rationale for the use of Esperanto as the IAL

Nobel Prize

I did not report on this before since there were only a few places that mentioned it, but I will mention this now: Esperanto was nominated for a 2008 Nobel Peace Prize.

Fewer Calories = Better Brains?

There is an article in the MIT‘s Technology Review, abortion which I read often, called “Fewer Calories = Better Brains?” which lends to support as to the wondrous effects of a Calorically Restricted diet with Optimal Nutrition (CRON).

Thomas Paine Fest at the Free Congregation

Support For Esperanto

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  • Esperanto: Part I, Part II, Part III from Planet Earth, Our Home

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    Nay Sayers

  • The Free Congregation of Sauk County celebrated what is perhaps the longest running annual celebration in the world of Thomas Paine, adiposity
    one of the most influential men of the revolutionary war. He wrote the inspiring and powerful Common Sense pamphlet which helped to stir the colonists to revolt against Great Britain.

    Swearing in of Barack Obama

    I went to the local sports bar, illness Monks, across the street from my work with two female co-workers at about 10:50 (10:50am), about 10 minutes prior to the swearing in so we could witness this historic moment. We took a slightly extended lunch to make sure we could see it to the finish. We were all excited. All three of us were excited knowing that the next four or so years were going to herald in a new age of hope, prosperity, and most of all, change.

    As Aretha Franklin was singing one of my co-workers started to cry a little and she said I am just so proud to be an American. It has been a long time since I have been able to feel this way.. That is a sentiment that I think many of us can relate to. The last eight years have been trying times.

    It was amazing to see the footage of all of the people that gathered there, and at other places around the United States, and around the world, just to be apart of this moment and to be able to say that they were there. I was amazed and the ocean of humanity that lay out before this moment. I envied them… all of them there in Washington D.C.. I wish I could have been there to have my own pictures to show my children when they would be old enough to understand. I wish I could have been there to talk to the people that gathered, to feel the positive, optimistic energy, and to bathe in it.

    I think that this is something that we all could have benefited from… to get carried away and infused with hope and optimism that can have us taking that extra moment to make a difference in someone else’s life… to be the very herald and beacon for that which we hold and hope for our own futures, now that change has come.

    Obama’s speech was poignant and telling to his future foreign policies. He spoke in his well metered and tempo’ed voice…moving, powerful, and en-heartening. I look forward to that which shall come from his term in office.

    That same co-worker was now happy to be able to be proud to be an American again just forward a link saying Best Website update EVER!!!. Her link is a link to WhiteHouse.gov which shows that, amongst the other stories there, that Obama has taken office.

    WhiteHouse.gov page that shows that Barack Obama has taken office

    WhiteHouse.gov page that shows that Barack Obama has taken office

    Two of Esperanto’s Exceptions and Why They Are There??

    So, try in thinking about Esperanto and some of those people who love Esperanto such as myself, but yet still find some issues with the language. Esperanto is a wonderful tool. It is not perfect, by any means, but is great at what is does – act as a simple to learn and use International Auxiliary Language.

    There are two anomalies that exist in Esperanto that I find interest in their existence. Esperanto planned the language. It did not come into existence through serendipity or happenstance. He specifically planned the language in a certain way. The two issues I am going to talk about are gender specificity, and the letters j and ŭ.

    Gender Specificity in Esperanto

    The Specificity Problem

     

    I have been thinking about this for while, and have even resolved myself to learn the standard way and then learn the way that is more internally consistent with the language (by adding a male and female suffix and have the root be gender neutral, but definitely pointing to the a male base), but this seeming exception to the language’s definite design kept bothering me.

    I kept thinking about what little I know of the Spanish, French, and Russian languages all of which have gender assignments for all nouns. Some of which are seemingly arbitrary to my American Male perspective, and completely counter to what is intuitive.

    • In Russian car, “maschina” (Englicized from Russian), is female and one would expect it to be male.
    • I will have to find more examples

    These sorts of exceptions are rife throughout all languages that implement this construct, and it is one of the things that makes these languages difficult to learn and an exercise in memorizing exceptions.

    Gender Specificity as Gateway Construct

    Now, I was thinking that Esperanto’s gender specificity cannot be so out of place and that there has to be a very definite reason for it. Perhaps its existence which seems counter to its ease of use and internal consistency, and perhaps, it is not meant to cater to ease of use. Perhaps its primary existence is to facilitate Esperanto’s requirement to be a Gateway Language

    As I have earlier pointed out other languages have gender assignment to nouns (perhaps even to other words too), and they have rules that deal with changing the word depending on its gender and current use. My thinking is that gender specificity in Esperanto is act as a gateway to this use in national languages. It is there to prepare a person for learning other languages that implement gender specificity, first, and then it maintains Esperanto’s internal consistency.

    So, yes it does seem out of place and there is a better and more internally consistent way to implement gender specificity in Esperanto as most will agree, but to do so would be to remove a tool that acts as an important gateway to other languages.

    Letters of Exception as a Gateway

    A similar line of reasoning will follow here as well for the the letters j and ŭ, both of which sully Esperanto’s ability to call itself a completely phonetic and exception free language. Languages all across the world have letters that when used together form different sounds. I think it is said that Icelandic is the only truly phonetic alphabet used in the world.

    Now, these two letters maintain a sort of consistency in their pronunciation when used. The letter j when used following specific vowels always the same sound, and ŭ has a similar use. Now, I currently believe that these exist for the specific use as a gateway to all other non-phonetic languages and to prepare the person for constructs that they might not otherwise have been exposed to in their native languages.

    In Closing

    I hope that some of what I have written makes sense to you and may shed some light on to why these exceptions may exist in the language. Please post and questions, comments, and suggestions.

    Esperanto on Change.org did not make the Final Top 10 =(

    In the second round of voting on Introduce Esperanto as a Foreign Language Subject in Schools received about 3600 votes and over 19 pages of comments. Esperanto did not make it into the top 10 that will be championed by Change.org’s people, heart but we did make in the top 25 ideas of honorable mentions. We had a great run. =)

    Collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma?

    I know this is a little unusual for a post of mine, women’s health but for you music enthusiats I found this little gem while surfing the internet. World renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who performed most of the soundtrack for ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘ and ‘Memoirs of a Geisha‘, is allowing people to collaborate with him through Indaba Music.

    If you are into this sort of thing do not miss this wonderful opportunity to work with a master.

    It’s All About You’s website is basically done..

    I finished It’s All About You’s site for our Yoga Studio to-be. It took me one day to put the basic site together. A second day was used to tweak and play with the navigation. The third day was used to get some of the content out there.

    There is still some work that needs to be done. It is definitely not perfect, medicine but it is working and it doesn’t look too bad. If you note any issues with it, dosage or if you have questions, comments or suggestions please let me know. This is my first real production site.

    I should note, rather importantly, that the design is not of my own. Michael Lopresti of Lopresti Designs came up with the design and I coded it. He is working on porting it to the WordPress or Drupal CMS

    Esperanto: Round 2 on Change.org

    Ok, clinic so on ‘Teaching Esperanto in our Schools’ on Change.org made it through to round 2 not by much. We need everyone to go out and cast your vote again, as well as spread the word to everyone that you already have done so, so that they can vote again. 

    Go! Go! Go!