Story: Teach Yourself Tsilanti: Preface
Author: Ken Kalfus
Collection: Coup De Foudre
The Tsilanti language sounds fascinating:
Tsilanti has thirty-one separate words that can represent the English word speech, but none for silence.
Gestures are also important for those learning the language:
The sweet, gentle word that expresses maternal love can also mean automobile carburetor if not accompanied with a tug of the right earlobe.
All of which is wonderfully playful and inventive, and the hinted at love story is subtle and sweet.
A delightful Borgesian treat.