Endless Blue – Week 87.7 – Flotsam: Speaking in Whalesong   Leave a comment

Linguistics

Speaking in Whalesong

Cetacean is based the eight note octave, and an eight octave range.  Each syllable is a note.  The length of the note (full, half, fourth, and so on) indicates complexity, while meter determines urgency (the time signature, or beats per measure), with 4/4 being “base”.  The language itself is a collection of short phonemes — usually a single consanant and vowel combination — which makes it perfectly suited slow, wailing dirges and frenetic,bubbly folk songs.  It is the interplay of what is said and how it is said that makes Cetacean such a vibrant language.

Cetacean speech is spoken in key, which means the note of each syllable of the sentence/paragraph is in relation to the entirety of the speech.  This gives cetacean the ability to create multi-level meaning and complexity in a work, and introduces something similar to the eureka moment when the key of the piece is realized.  Each of these keys brings new context into the whalesong, providing insight into the speaker’s intent that most languages cannot replicate.

Note          Tense
A♭/G♯          Past Imperfect (unknown past)
A                Past Perfect (remote past, done)
A♯/B♭          Past Continuous (past, ongoing)
B                Past Simple
C                Past Hesternal (Yesterday/previous day)
C♯/D♭          Present Simple
D                Intransitive/Present Perfect/Tenseless/Hodiernal (today)
D♯/E♭          Present Continuous
E                 Future Crastinal (tomorrow/next day)
F                 Future Simple
F♯/G♭           Future Continuous (future and ongoing)
G                 Future Perfect (distant future, potential)
G♯/A♭           Future Imperfect (unknown future)

Notice that the Imperfect tenses of Past and Future actually impinge on the bordering A♭, giving birth to Cetacean concepts as “prognosticated from the past” and “determined from the future”.  These tenses are used frequently when talking about the god Ahto, the Indifferent Sophist.

Cetacean is the modern form of Solresol, the ancient language that sang the notes of creation, the Verse. The language had evolved from its roots long before the first Khan set the Cetacean Hordes upon their campaign of conquest.  It is said that those notes still echo in the deep sound channel, and that students wishing to excel at the ancient system of communication need to develop perfect pitch.

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