[language] as used to communicate between humans in writing or in speach. Also the development of the [technology] used for it. (Consider adding those tags as appropiate.)

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How did ancient empires account for slow propagation of information e.g. in their legal codes?

Mathematician Alain Connes cites a French legal rule that explicitly accounts for propagation of information at finite speeds substantially below the speed of light: There was a legal rule ...