Semantic Archaeology - an art work by T Newfields

Semantic Archaeology

Words are like sediment layers
that rot over time . . . .
Some fossilize into petrified speech.
Others get covered with lexical debris.
Still others blend with linguistic sheets
fragmenting on the compost of history.

Over eons, language warps in countless ways:
most words become twisted till inchoate.
Some terms, though faithful to their original sounds,
imply things formerly not found.
Others, taken from lands far away,
change our thinking and mutate our brains.

How much of today's vocabulary
will remain beyond this brief, tumultuous age?

And as humans with computers increasingly interface
will it transform the ways both communicate?


Linda: Most readers today can barely follow Chaucer, who wrote a mere four hundred years ago.
Lis: Can you imagine how language will change in another four hundred years?
Ron: Well, I'm not confident that humans will be around in another four hundred years.
Lex: (sipping a beer) Yep! With idiots like Trump, I sometimes wonder if our species will last even forty years!