I’m sort of putting this, …Quaf, Elder Buildings, and a soon-to-come thing under a imaginary genre of “scientific fiction” or “essaic fiction”. It seems to fit.
Also, this isn’t exactly a “dream story”, so I’m not doing it as [U] or something, but it was, truly, inspired by a dream.
During that primal time when the various languages of the world came into being, a small clique of unfortunate people who had been born deaf, and several of whom were also mute, congregated in an area to form their own group.
Instead of slowly creating a spoken language, they, being deaf, created a written one.
As a result, their writing practices and materials evolved much more rapidly than those of other languages, who didn’t even recognize the meed for a written language for several generations, at least.
Of course, though, the next generation was not all deaf, or mute, though some will were.
Their society was completely separate from all others, so it was no surprise that the newer generations continued with the only-written language.
And so years and generations went on, and the language deepened in vocabulary and grammar, until it was a very beautiful language indeed, though none but the speakers of it knew of its existence; the culture had slowly, by some means or perhaps a lack thereof, moved away from other cultures, so that now there was no remembrance whatsoever that at some, earlier, time, there had been many other people groups, from which this minority had sprung.
Time held no exceptions from progress, for even them, though, and inevitably there was a run-in between some small hunting group of this group, the Aniqueria, and some other, contemporary, group, which caused quite an uproar in this little civilization, and sparked many philosophers into discussion, wondering the deeper significance of this new revelation.
It became evident at some point that some form of mingling and, possibly, trade, would be well advised. But those who had first seen the “others” had told the people that the “others” had not communicated with them in any understandable way, they had made sounds, like the yipping of a fox, or the gurgling of a stream, but different, in their throats. It was harsh, and un-dignified.
They had shown them, as matter of course, their tablets with writing, but the man and women did not understand.
The leaders of the small nation conversed for many days before coming to the conclusion that they must create a spoken language of their own.
As, by this time, most of the population was in control of both their speaking (though, of course, unused) and listening capabilities, so the abilities were there. Soon, they set upon creating a guide for pronunciation and, the greater task, teaching people to speak.
By this time, unsurprisingly, the people had learned to use their voices for sound, but not in the communicative sense; they had created many hummed-songs to go along with their music that had developed with everything else.
Once the pronunciation guide had been completed, the newly created “teachers” found that the people were actually quite receptive to the instruction, and, within weeks, most had an almost mastery over it.
In the generations and years that had passed since the advent of their language, it had become a very elegant and complex one. The slightest change of words or addition or subtraction of a punctuation mark could drastically change the meaning of what had been said.
Therefore, they created short, one-syllable words or, more accurately, sounds, that expressed the various punctuation marks that the speaker intended: “ker” for a full stop; “fie” for a comma; “zel” for a question mark; “dool” for a colon, and so on.
For example, the sentence: “I walked my dog: first, through the street, then through the woods.” would be spoken as “I walked my dog dool first fie through the street ife then through the woods ker”. Though, obviously, this is just an example, and ignores the diverse grammar and vocabulary existent in the language.
The finished product was a spoken language that carried just the same degree of elegance that the original had obtained. Ker.