A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 319, Thursday
November 15th, 2018
Chapter Four: Linguistic
Language is amorphous, changing all the time.
The Imperial Schools attempted to normalize linguistics throughout the million worlds of the Empire. They were continuously falling short of their goal.
People speak in codes, in patterns constructed from shared experience, patterns that change rapidly in both space and time; from one village to the next, from planet to planet and generation to generation.
The mission to normalize languages never ended. The Imperial schools were in a constant state of reaction to the new patterns of linguistics that developed from one era to the next; encountering, learning, reacting, influencing.
Change was the only constant.
Despite the continuous efforts of the Imperial Schools, variation persisted, colloquial patterns bonded people to one another, those patterns were an unconscious manifestation of shared suffering; of triumph, of joy, of anger.
Language was the architecture of hope and of resentment, and that is why the Continuum wanted so badly to control it. The citizen projected their desires for themselves and their families with language. They organized their resistance to the powers that ruled them with the same.
Every rebellion was hidden in secret language, and the full weight of the drama was contained therein.
Language patterns were buried in the ganglia of the central nervous system, they were a genetic endowment, and it was a language game that allowed the ancient people to develop the science that created the Collective, and ultimately the Continuum as well.
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