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Empirical Methods in Language Studies


Edited By Krzysztof Kosecki and Janusz Badio

«Empirical Methods in Language Studies» presents 22 papers employing a broad range of empirical methods in the analysis of various aspects of language and communication. The individual texts offer contributions to the description of conceptual strategies, syntax, semantics, non-verbal communication, language learning, discourse, and literature.
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Linguistic worldview of esperanto: a questionnaire method


Abstract: This paper aims to identify the elements needed to carry out studies on the linguistic worldview of Esperanto.

The linguistic worldview is a subjective and socially created interpretation of reality embedded in the language. The chief objective is taking into account different levels of language that is vocabulary, idioms, morphology and syntax. Esperanto is probably the only fully developed planned language allowing for the study of its worldview.

All Esperanto speakers are at least bilingual, which leads to an assumption that the worldview in this language will contain elements transferred from other languages spoken by the respondents. Therefore, one of the research stages must contain tasks designed to detect these elements and determine the impact of the native languages.

Keywords: Esperanto, linguistic worldview, multilingualism, linguistic transfer.

1. The general purpose of the project

This paper aims to identify the elements needed to carry out studies on the linguistic worldview of Esperanto. The approach described in this paper, namely the questionnaire method for bilingual speakers of a planned language, has not been employed in any previous research to the knowledge of the author. Some analogies are present in the article of Koutny (2010), which is treated as a preliminary research study for the project presented here.

1.1 Introductory remarks on Esperanto

Esperanto is a constructed international auxiliary language created by L. L. Zamenhof, who published his pamphlet on “lingvo internacia” in 1887. His pseudonym...

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