Synchronisation can be understood as the happening of 2 events, processes that are indexed by the same (or sufficiently similar) points along an abstract chronometric scale. Chronos is an otherwise undifferentiated scale we model using clocks. Synkaironisation is similar, but with respect not to chronos, but to the reciprocal relations we are embedded in, the recurrences, mutualities, entanglements, that make the notion of time meaningful as something other than the losing battle against entropy.

A simple example is the “synchronous” appearance of blackberries at this time of year. They emerge in approximate alignment, not because of chronos, but because of the seasons.

We might look at any apparent synchronisation among the living and find it is similarly synkaironisation. Look at the fireflies. Their synchronisation is driven by the common embedding in the fading light of dusk, and the common phylogenesis that has equipped them with bodies of similar sensitivities and capacities.

Now consider what kind of synchronisation we might be seeing in speech? It is not the seasons. It is our embedding in … in us? in a common world? In what?