By Christopher GledhillThis booklet presents an in depth description of Esperanto for linguists who're no longer acquainted with the language. Its major objective is to illustrate that Esperanto not just has complicated process of etymology and notice formation, but in addition of syntax and phrasing. one other target is to figure out to what volume the language has prolonged past its unique perception in 1887. This paintings provides for the 1st time statistical and contextual research from a consultant computer-based textual content archive utilizing the newest concepts of corpus linguistics. Esperanto is a perfect item of research for linguists because it is the main frequent and most sensible recognized instance of a synthetic language. In thought, Esperanto represents a standard, simply assimilated language designed for overseas use. but the language additionally got here for use socially between fellow lovers, intellectually as a literary discussion board and politically for propaganda, specifically within the communist period. Conservative estimates point out 50,000 audio system, that's huge through minority language criteria. but Esperanto's prestige as a moment language and ideological venture has just recently attracted socio-linguistic fieldwork (Stocker 1995) and the language has gone through nearly no severe linguistic research. This quantity outlines a linguistic description of the particularities of the language, from the morphosyntax to components of phraseolgy. the outline relies on a computational research of a written textual content archive (a corpus of 350 000 words). The corpus research unearths constant styles of phrasing which aspect to linguistic richness and dynamism. those styles belie the receivced knowledge that man made languages can't quite reveal average complexity. Contents: zero old and social history. 1 Phonology 2 Morphology three Syntax four phrasing five Interlinear transcription Appendices: corpus facts and note lists.