Claus Killing-Günkel

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Claus Killing-Günkel (born Günkel; 9 October 1963), in Esperanto also known as Nikolao Günkel, is a German teacher and interlinguist.


Claus J. Killing-Günkel was born Claus J. Günkel in Eschweiler, a city in western Rhineland, where he grew up, attended Städtisches Gymnasium Eschweiler and lived from 1963 to 1989 and from 1999 to 2009. From 1982 to 1992, he studied mathematics, computer science and French at the RWTH Aachen University and the University of Paderborn. At the latter, in 1993 and 1994, he was a lecturer in the Department of Education. Since 1997 he works as a berufskolleg teacher.

He is also a city guide[1] and until 2012 he was a member of the board of Eschweiler Geschichtsverein (EGV) (i.e. Eschweiler Historical Society)[2] and of the Fördererverein Nothberger Burg (i.e. Nothberg Castle Sponsors' Society). He has two children and currently lives in Cologne; since 2010 he is called Killing-Günkel.[3]

Activity related to Esperanto[edit]

In 1981, Killing-Günkel learned the constructed language Esperanto. In the Esperanto movement, he has managed publications, organized international meetings, founded an Esperanto youth group in Eschweiler and taught that language inter alia at the adult high school of Düren.

He is an Esperantologist, member of Gesellschaft für Interlinguistik (GIL) (Society for Interlinguistics) and of the scientists' staff of Akademio Internacia de la Sciencoj San Marino (AIS) as well as lector for mathematics of the international Scienca Revuo. In the 1980s and 1990s, he wrote articles for Kontakto, Monato and La Gazeto.

His field of activity within Esperanto Studies includes lexicography, etymology, Esperanto offshoots (called Esperantidos) and language propaedeutics within the scope of cybernetic pedagogy. First classifications of Esperantidos are made by him. Furthermore, he deals with Volapük, Interlingue, Interlingua, Glosa and Ido and edited an Esperantido magazine called Nova Provo (i.e. New Attempt) in the 1990s.[4] He has contributed to various reference books and tools of Esperanto, including the Plena Ilustrita Vortaro de Esperanto of 2002.

See also[edit]


Esperantological publications
  • Gunkela Vortaro. 1991. 4th edition 2002. Esperanto neologism dictionnary with 1,764 headwords. Self-publishing.[5]
  • Vortaro Volapuko-Esperanto Esperanto-Volapuko kun etimologiaj rimarkoj (i.e. Dictionnary Volapük-Esperanto Esperanto-Volapük with etymologic remarks). 1996.[6]
  • NOVO, Nova Provo: 7 jaroj kaj 11 numeroj – provo bilanci sen saldi. In: De A al B. Festlibro por André Albault (i.e. Festschrift in honor of André Albault). 2002, ISBN 3-932807-09-X.
Publications on linguistic cybernetics
  • Zur optimalen Dauer des Sprachorientierungsunterrichts (SpOU). In: Grundlagenstudien aus Kybernetik und Geisteswissenschaft. Tome 35, booklet 2, 1994. ISSN 0723-4899
  • with Huang Yani: Transferefiko de ILo sur la anglan depende de la gepatra lingvo – konkrete okaze de la china, germana kaj franca (i.e. Transfer efficance from Esperanto to English depending from the mother tongue — concrete in the cases of Chinese, German and French).[7] In: Grundlagenstudien aus Kybernetik und Geisteswissenschaft. Tome 41, booklet 3, 2000. ISSN 0723-4899
Poetry and fiction
  • Poemete poeteme. 2nd edition. 1989.[8] (In 2004, one of his poems was set to music by Jak LePuil on his CD Mi estas (i.e. I am).[9])
  • amatory poems and funny stories in the Esperanto humor magazine La KancerKliniko
  • Science-fiction short stories Letero el la jaro 2612 and Kredo.[10] In: Sferoj – Sciencfikcio kaj Fantasto. Tome 8, 1993. ISBN 84-604-6592-6; Ondoj.[11][12] In: Sferoj – Sciencfikcio kaj Fantasto. Tome 10, 2000. ISBN 84-607-0788-1.
Lectures (excerpt)
  • Berlin, 1994: Rechnerinterlinguistik und die Axiomatisierung der Esperantogrammatik (i.e. computer interlinguistics and the axiomatization of Esperanto grammar)
  • Berlin, 1995: Übersetzungsprobleme und Entscheidungsmechanismen bei der Revision kulinarischer Begriffe eines Esperantowörterbuchs (i.e. translation problems and decision-making mechanisms in the revision of culinary terms of an Esperanto dictionary)
  • Berlin, 1996: Der aktuelle Stand von Esperantiden - Vorstellung und Schlussbemerkung (i.e. the current status of Esperantidos - introduction and conclusion)
  • Berlin, 1998: Ein Schülerwörterbuch Esperanto-Deutsch / Deutsch-Esperanto in Verbindung mit einer Esperanto-AG an einem Gymnasium (i.e. s student dictionary Esperanto-German / German-Esperanto in conjunction with an Esperanto workshop at a high school)
  • Motovun 2000: Reformprojektoj kaj proponoj pri nova alfabeto (i.e. reform projects and proposals for a new alphabet)
  • Berlin, 2000: Strukturvergleich von Esperantiden – Wo setzt die Kritik am Esperanto an? (i.e. structural comparison of Esperantidos - where does the criticism on Esperanto apply?
  • Berlin, 2002: Sprachkybernetische Axiomatisierung und Berechnung von Lernerfolg (i.e. linguistic-cybernetic axiomatization and calculation of learning success)
  • Berlin, 2010: Cliiuy – wie ich eine Sprache erfand (i.e. Cliiuy - how I invented a language)
  • Berlin, 2013: Sprachschöpfung in der Koniologie, einem neuen Feld der Algebra (i.e. creation of language in coniology, a new field of algebra)


  1. ^ Program 2005 of the EGV Archived 2006-05-19 at the Wayback Machine (PDF; 101 kB) from 9 October 2010
  2. ^ Newsletter of the EGV 2011[permanent dead link] from 9 August 2013
  3. ^ AK des Eschweiler Geschichtvereins Archived 2013-08-26 at the Wayback Machine from 9 October 2010
  4. ^ GIL lecture on Esperantidos from 9 August 2013
  5. ^ Bibliography of the Reta Vortaro from 9 August 2013
  6. ^ Detlev Blanke: Plansprachliche Wörterbücher, vide 6.2.3 (p. 17) from 9 August 2013
  7. ^ Summary from 9 August 2013
  8. ^ Entry in Originalaj poemaroj en Esperanto from 9 August 2013
  9. ^ Song no. 4 from 9 August 2013
  10. ^ Review by Abel Montagut from 9 August 2013
  11. ^ Review by Mariana Evlogieva from 9 August 2013
  12. ^ Review by A. Giridhar Rao from 9 August 2013

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