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at changeover.
This has never been even considered in my mind at all. I definitely agree with her that Sines brought
up among Gens never really master the Sime language, and Gene brought up among Sines never REALLY master !
the Sine language or the Gen languages they are later exposed to.
m the whole, though, Smes brought up among Sens who go through changeover and are taught the Sine
language will do better (from S to 10 times better) than any Ancient child of the same age attempting to
learn a new language. This is because during the first year after changeover the basic ADAPTABILITY ' 5
quotient of the new Sine (that is the learning ability and psychological pliability) is from 5 to 10 ‘
times higher than "normal." Exactly which norm ”cu take (adult, teen, or infant) doesn't really matter.
It's a lot, and it's there because these Sines who didn‘t have it simply didn't survive to breed. They ‘
went insane. catatonic, or whatever and just died, killed themselves, or attempted to kill the world and
themselves. -
Yes, of course, the Sines have their own terms for tentacles and various other portions of Sine anatomy.
There are several possible ways the Simelan language could have developed depending on exactly how the
Simesthanselves cane into being and managed to survive. Since that has not been absolutely resolved ,
in my own mind (and I feel no particular compulsion to resolve it), I can't tell you EXACI‘Lmow the Sine
language came about. I still lean to the theory mat it is basically an artificial language - the first
and only successful artificial language ever constructed.
The motives for contructing it would depend on the social conditions at the tine it evolved. Of "
course, "modem" Simelan bears little or no resemblance to the original, artificial language -- or bears
about as much resemblance as American street slang does to Chaucer's English. In fact, the tine-span is
well, maybe as much as three to four times from now to Chaucer-maybe even mere. I use the handy figure
of a thousand-year interregnum or dark ages between the time of chaos (that is, after civilization had
well nigh collapsed into Sine/Gen Wars) and the titre of the Householdings.
With the founding of the House of Pinon, history started to move at a blinding pace again. Just as
with the opening of "the New World" history started to move rapidly-~hitting another burst of speed with
the Industrial REvolution. But that took hundreds of years (from Columbus to cotton—gin) and even more
generations than you'd think because the average lifespan was so short, the average exposure to books
was sosmall. 80 House of Rimon would corresmnd to Columbus, and Zeor under Klyd Farris to the cotton gin.
The faster things are changing in the world, the more mass communication there is-- the faster (and slow—-
er) languages changes. Thus the Simelan of Digen Farris's day is both farther-frail the original Sime—
lan, were reflective of the Sime sensory viewpoint, and, at the sane time, much closer to the Gen lang-
uage then called English. (Bear in mini that English is just a hodgepodge of languages anyway and has
always been a sort of pidgen lingua-franca-- and there's no way the Ancient ear could carprehend the
English of Digen'-s day.
Well, I have to get back to Digen's trying to save Roshi's life in chapter 21 of UNIO. Just rest
assured that there _i_s_ a valid scientific explanation of the Sims language--all we have to do is make

it up.


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