Introduction

Ryosh c is the Lennix Catalog designation for the third planet discovered in the Ryosh system, located approximately 140 light years from Sol in the constellation Cepheus. While much will certainly be written about the sentient inhabitants of Ryosh c—their hundreds of known languages, wide array of social organizations, cultural histories, practices, etc.—the present volume is limited to the preliminary research of myself and my colleague, Larisha Eren, while working with the Ryosh society referred to hereafter as Alpha Group. As the first linguistic researchers to work with the Ryosh, it was our task to establish a method for achieving effective communicative events with our collaborators. This was complicated by a number of factors, the most pressing of which was the need to challenge our own preconceived notions that morphology, syntax and lexemes must inherently be tied to phonemes.

While the Ryosh have ears, these are primitive even compared to those of Homo sapiens sapiens and they lack sufficient vocal cords in the larynx to facilitate vocalization. Instead, they communicate almost entirely with a complex system of chromatophores that cover most of their bodies. This adaptation has been studied extensively in terrestrial cephalopods, but biologists have yet to determine whether this communication is truly lexical or a series of purely courtship-based and deimatic behaviors. Though physiological similarities between the Ryosh and cephalopods are limited to the use of chromatophores in communication, we also began our research with the understanding that the Ryosh were sentient, social beings with an advanced understanding of electromagnetic technology and the beginnings of space flight. From this basis, we could then proceed with the assumption that Ryosh chromatic communication was semiotic in nature, meaning it was a code in which we could achieve a measure of linguistic competence.

This monograph does not intend to be a complete treatment of either Ryosh physiology [10], nor an exhaustive work on all the thousands of diverse Ryosh cultural groups who were not included in this study. Given that the sample group we have designated as Alpha Group is by no means representative of the Ryosh population, we encourage future researchers to hesitate before taking our observations here as universals, particularly regarding cultural diversity. Our work here owes much to many, and we hope that it will yet prove an inspiration to the next generation of researchers to collaborate with the Ryosh, expand on our work, and even correct our errors.

Korae Hallin

Associate Professor of Linguistics

University of Keffin

Larisha Eren

Graduate Assistant

Department of Anthropology

Colonial Public University

Footnotes

  1. Our physical sciences and bio-anthropology teams led by Errin Lomate and Gorrin Webb respectively produced much more detailed works on these subjects, though they too focused primarily on the Ryosh community commonly designated Alpha Group rather than attempting a comprehensive survey.
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