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Q: Do any Swiss people still know about the language Occidental / Interlingue? : Wikipedia article: tl;dr on the language: it's a constructed language, a competitor to Esperanto that flourished in the 1930s until 1951 when it imploded spectacularly and then nearly died until the internet brought it back to something resembling life. I've been reading the old issues of their magazine Cosmoglotta and using it to fill out the Wikipedia article when I find relevant notes on their activities. Starting in the 1930s the magazine was published from Switzerland, which became the true centre of its activity during the war when Switzerland (plus Sweden a bit) was the only place where they could actually find the time to publish material. Elsewhere in Europe it was banned, collections were burned, obviously users themselves were fighting in the war, etc. etc. The three places where it was published during this time were: La Chaux-de-Fonds Chapelle (Vaud) Cheseaux s/ Lausanne And in 1945 there were subscribers of the language in 58 cities in Switzerland - list here: Edit: here's the list as best I could type it considering the scan quality: Aarau, Aesch, Arlesheim, Basel, Bern, Bettlach, Bevers, Bienne, Buchler (App.), Buttisholz, Chaux-de-Fonds, Chapelle-Vaud, Chesières, Chiasso, Chur, Couvetz, Donatyre, Emmenbrücke, Erstfeld, Escholzmett, Fleurier, Frauenfeld, Freidorf, Genève, Grenchen, Hünibach, Kosthofen, Küsnacht, Lausanne, Leytron, Locarno, Lugano, Luzern, Montreux, Morges, Neuchâtel, Olten, Oberburg, Pieterlen, Rotenburg, St. Gallen, Solothurn, Soyères, Stans, Steckborn, Stettfurt, St. Maurice, St Ursanne, Tavannes, Thun, Vaduz, Widen, Wil, Winterthur, Yvonand, Zofingen, Zug, Zürich. Then later on when a lot of the old Occidentalists began passing away their collections were moved to libraries such as the one in Chaux-de-Fonds (Alphonse Matejka was the most prominent of them, and passed away in 1999). And officially it is still based in Switzerland. Now with something this obscure what I'm curious about is this: has anyone ever heard of it through something you encountered in daily life? An old dusty library book, friend of a family friend, something along those lines. Full Article

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