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country of citizenship: France
native language: French
language of expression: Esperanto, French, Russian
occupation: lexicographer, linguist, Esperantist, esperantologist
award received: Esperantist of the Year, médaille du Jubilé de l’association bulgare d’espéranto, prix Academicus Ariste
Michel Duc Goninaz (6 September 1933 – 26 March 2016) was a French Esperantist known worldwide for his 2002 revision of La Plena Ilustrita Vortaro de Esperanto (English: Complete Illustrated Esperanto Dictionary).A member of the World Esperanto Youth Organization (TEJO) during the 1950s, he served as co-editor of La Folieto, distributed mainly among young Esperantists of Île-de-France. In 1956 he married Arlette Lecourtois. He played a role in the 1964 Esperanto-language feature film Angoroj.
Notably, he compiled Vocabulaire Espéranto (Laŭtema esperanta franca vortareto), a thematic French-Esperanto dictionary published by Ophrys in 1971 (2nd edition, 1990), and he adapted Alexander Pushkin's play The Stone Guest into Esperanto as La Ŝtona Gasto. He also translated The Stranger by Albert Camus and Dream Story by Arthur Schnitzler into Esperanto.
For many years he was a lecturer in Russian and Esperanto at the University of Provence (Aix-Marseille). Duc Goninaz is now a lecturer at the International Academy of Sciences in San Marino and is a regular contributing editor to the Esperanto-language monthly magazine Monato.
In 2002, he and Claude Roux updated and revised La Plena Ilustrita Vortaro de Esperanto, a monolingual reference dictionary of Esperanto by Gaston Waringhien that had originally been published in 1976. In 2002 the journal La Ondo de Esperanto named Duc Goninaz as Esperantist of the Year in recognition of his work as chief editor for the dictionary revision. Another revised edition (2005) corrected numerous typographical errors, many of which had been noted by Esperanto grammarian and lexicographer Bertilo Wennergren.
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author: Michel Duc-Goninaz
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author: Humphrey Tonkin, Probal Dasgupta, Louis-Christophe Zaleski-Zamenhof, Mark Fettes, Jouko Lindstedt, Vilmos Benczik, Rafaela Urueña, Federico Gobbo, Liu Haitao, Sabine Fiedler, Dalibor Brozović, István Ertl, Arikapalli Giridhar Rao, Seán Ó Riain, José Antonio Vergara, Aleksandr Dulichenko, Věra Barandovská-Frank, Wera Paintner, Claude Gacond, Wim Jansen, Boris Kolker, Ilona Koutny, Geraldo Mattos, Christopher Gledhill, Aleksandr Melnikov, Till Dahlenburg, John C. Wells, Renato Corsetti, Michel Duc-Goninaz, Christer Kiselman, Marc Bavant, Carlo Minnaja, E. James Lieberman, Ulrich Lins, Toño del Barrio, Vladimir Samodai, Vlastimil Novobilský, Chengtai Shi, Ed Borsboom, Werner Bormann, Jorge Camacho, Zbigniew Galor, Nikola Rašić, Hèctor Alòs i Font, Ziko van Dijk, Radojica Petrović, Katalin Kováts, Imre Ferenczy, Petr Chrdle, Amri Wandel, Barbara Pietrzak, Thomas Bormann, Mauro La Torre, Victor Sadler, Toon Witkam, Trevor Steele, Paul Gubbins, Julian Modest, Baldur Ragnarsson, Anna Löwenstein, Roman Dobrzyński, Li Shijun, Duncan Charters, Peter Baláž, Miroslav Malovec, Jukka Pietiläinen, Edmund Brent, Gregoire Maertens, So Gilsu, Marjorie Boulton, Michela Lipari, Ursula Grattapaglia, Hans Bakker, Ivo Osibov, Hans Michael Maitzen, Ulla Luin, György Nanovfszky, Renée Triolle, Mikhail Bronshteyn, Stefan MacGill, Orlando Raola, Spomenka Štimec, Miyoshi Etsuo, Reinhard Fößmeier, Detlev Blanke, Frank Nuessel