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A term which in the Interstellar Era came to signify the language that developed amongst transapients. With their increased memory and linguistic skills, transapients were able to easily master all languages that had developed in the pre-singularity period. When speaking together, many transapients began to fall into the habit of rapidly shifting languages to better express a concept or mood. Eventually this coalesced into a single language with a gigantically complex grammar and unmanageable (to modosophonts) vocabulary.

Polyglot statements have hundreds, sometimes thousands of synonyms of varying shades of meaning and connotation to choose from (Transapient poetry reached previously unimagined heights using Polyglot). As time passed transapients, with their greater mental faculties, were able to make finer distinctions than their hu predecessors, and also to discover concepts unknown to those hu, for which they often simply made some of those synonyms now have specific meanings. Over the centuries, Polyglot grew in size and complexity, and splintered into untold branch languages.

The Polyglot family of languages are the most common spoken by transapients among themselves in the Sephirotics. Of course, when speaking to subsingularity sophonts they must drop back to what the transapients often refer to as a "fractional" language.
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Text by Glen Finney
Initially published on 25 July 2005.