Lost Languages

Development of language on open plain:

relationship with horses?

Linguist himself entombed in North Stacks of library—a tiny carrel, with half a window open to the street. A secret garden, this small stretch of gray steel and tan linoleum. Half a street vendor visible—back of head, one shoulder, torso and thigh wrapped in apron. Vendor starts fire. Roasts potatoes. Librarians 20 years ago removed from carrels all protrusions that could be used for attaching a noose.

Barriers to communication—

extant writings refer only to unpleasant or mundane

-laws safeguarding privileges of parasitic priestly class

-edicts against trespassers

-a log of trades in purple-dyed wool