Akademio de Esperanto

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The Akademio de Esperanto (Esperanto pronunciation: [akadeˈmio de espeˈranto]), known in English as the Academy of Esperanto, is an independent body of language scholars who steward the evolution of the language Esperanto by keeping it consistent with the fundamental principles thereof. Modelled somewhat after the Académie française, it was proposed by L. L. Zamenhof, creator of Esperanto, at the First World Congress of Esperanto, and founded soon after with the name Lingva Komitato (Language Committee). This Committee had a "superior commission" called "Akademio" ("Academy"). In 1948, within the framework of a general reorganization, the Language Committee and the Academy combined to form the Akademio de Esperanto.[1]

The body consists of 45 members, and has a president, vice-presidents and a secretary. The corresponding address including e-mail is at the secretary.[2] The finance is covered by a subsidy from the World Esperanto Association and by donations.


Members are elected by their peers for a period of nine years, elections being held every three years for a third of the members. Following the last elections in February 2016, the Akademio de Esperanto consists of the following:[3]

Former members have included Gaston Waringhien, Rüdiger Eichholz, Jorge Camacho, Victor Sadler, Michel Duc-Goninaz, and William Auld (president of the Academy 1979-1983).

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