ESF Director, Grant Goodall, and ESF Advisory Board Member, Lee Miller, have been elected to the Academy of Esperanto
Grant Goodall has been elected to the Academy of Esperanto for a nine-year term. Grant first learned Esperanto in his early teens and has a long record of service with ESF, where he has been on the Board of Directors since 2001 and is currently Vice-President. He is Professor of Linguistics at UC San Diego, where he conducts research on the syntax of human language and on how humans acquire language. His research work has included studies on the structure of Esperanto and he regularly teaches a course on the history of constructed languages and the science behind them. The Academy of Esperanto was founded in 1905 with the goal of guiding and monitoring the evolution of the language. Its 45 members are internationally recognized for their contributions to literature, scholarship, and teaching.
Lee Miller, a well-known US Esperanto speaker, and currently a member of the ESF Advisory Board, was also elected to a 9-year term in the Esperanto Academy. Lee learned Esperanto as a 16-year-old (more than 50 years ago!), and since then has been an active member of ELNA/E-USA, and UEA. He first participated in the US summer Esperanto course (NASK) in 2000, and he is a core part of the organizational team. After the appearance of Duolingo, he accepted the role as administrator and language consultant in a large Facebook group (Duolingo Esperanto Learners). Lee first worked as a professional nurse (including teaching in a university nursing program), and then afterwards as an interpreter of American Sign Language.