>So, if those two pioneers of Novial began to see it,
why can't others today see it?
Because over the years people have come to Novial from
different places. Bruce and I both come from the Ido
side of things. We flirt with this and that
naturalistic feature, such as the -tion suffix and the
double-valued c. But in the end our roots are in the
schematic systems. Per Ahlberg was an idist who
edited the Ido journal Mondo, which later became
Novialiste. Other early Novialists were also
Occidentalists. So it is a broad church.
This oversimplifies things, at least as far as my own IAL background is concerned. While I was at one time very interested in Ido, because I saw it as curing almost all of what I disliked about Esperanto, my FIRST exposure to any IAL was to Interlingua. And I have, ever since becoming familiar with Ido, wanted to find a way of combining the regularity of Ido with the easy readability of Interlingua.