Interlingue is an international auxiliary language developed by
Edgar von Wahl, who published details of the language in his magazine
Kosmoglott in Reval (which is now Tallinn, in Estonia) in 1922.
In 1929, von Wahl’s magazine was renamed Cosmoglotta and
was published entirely in his language.
The language was originally called Occidental,
as its vocabulary was based wholly on the major Western
(Occidental) languages. Edgar von Wahl sought to utilise the
international vocabulary that already existed as much as possible,
but without the irregularities of the existing languages. This,
he hoped, would make the language very easy to learn.
After the Second World War, the language was renamed Interlingue
as the name Occidental was not popular in the communist countries
of Eastern Europe, where some suspected that users of the language
might have counter-revolutionary tendencies.
Interlingue is promoted by the Interlingue-Union (IU), an politically
and religously neutral organisation establised in 1929 and based in Switzerland.
The IU also publishes the magazine Cosmoglotta.
Interlingue was quite popular in Europe and Asia before the Second
World War: the second most popular International Auxiliary Language
after Esperanto. After the war, it lost adherents to Esperanto and
Interlingua. Recently there have been a bit of a revival in interest
in the language.
Interlingue alphabet and pronunciation
- c = [ts] before e, i, y, otherwise = [k]
- cc = [kts] before e, i, y, otherwise = [k]
- g & gg = [ʤ] before e, i, y, otherwise = [g]
- gu = [gw] before vowels, otherwise = [gu]
- ni = [ɲ] before vowels, otherwise = [ni]
- s = [z] between vowels, otherwise = [s]
- t plus i and another vowel behaves like s, otherwise [t]
Sample text in Interlingue
Li Interlingue-Union es li central organisation international, quel
accelera Interlingue. Li IU existe de 1929 e currentmen have su sede in
Svissia. Li Union es absolut neutral in li campes politic, religiós e altris.
The Interlingue-Union is the central international organisation that
promotes Interlingue. The IU has existed since 1929 and is currently based
in Switzerland. The Union is absolutely neutral in political, religious
and other matters.
Longer sample text (Tower of Babel)
Online Interlingue dictionaries
Resume de gramatica de Interlingue (Occidental)
Wikipedia in Interlingue
Bibliotheca Occidental – a collection of texts in Occidental