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A language of France

ISO 639-3: epo

Population 200 to 2,000 (1996).
Region Speakers in about 115 countries, used most widely in central and eastern Europe, China and other countries in eastern Asia, certain areas of South America, and southwest Asia.
Alternate names   La Lingvo Internacia
Classification Artificial language
Language use 2,000,000 second-language speakers (1999 WA). All ages.
Language development Bible: 1900–1910.
Comments Was developed from 1872 to 1885 by L. L. Zamenhof of Warsaw, Poland, for intercommunication by first-language speakers of other languages. SVO; prepositions; genitives, relatives after noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals before noun heads; question word initial; accusative '-n', dative '-al'; affixes mark tense; passive with 'esti' passive participle; causative '-ig'; comparative word; nontonal.