Tamarian language

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  • Tonal language with heavy reliance on body language and gesture, similar to many sign languages (TNG Short Story: "Friends With the Sparrows")
    • Numerical information communicated via pitch (TNG Short Story: "Friends With the Sparrows")
  • Written language much more integrated with spoken than in most societies (TNG Short Story: "Friends With the Sparrows")
    • Outgrowth of the importance of symbols, imagery, and abstraction (TNG Short Story: "Friends With the Sparrows")
    • Mathematical and musical notation heavily related (TNG Short Story: "Friends With the Sparrows")
  • Referents
    • Apologies
      • Callimas at Bahar (TNG Short Story: "Friends with the Sparrows")
    • Greetings
      • Menos and Uzani at Kyjo (TNG Short Story: "Friends with the Sparrows")
        • Guarded, wary meeting
    • Noted contact tales
      • Rai and Jiri (TNG Short Story: "Friends With the Sparrows")
      • Zima and Bakor (TNG Short Story: "Friends With the Sparrows")
      • Darmok and Jalad (TNG: "Darmok"; TNG Short Story: "Friends With the Sparrows")
        • Considered a final desperation tactic when previous attempts at contact have failed (TNG Short Story: "Friends With the Sparrows")
    • Miscellaneous
      • Chenza at court (TNG Short Story: "Friends with the Sparrows")
        • Demand for silence (TNG Short Story: "Friends with the Sparrows")
      • Palwin of the Fields (TNG Short Story: "Friends with the Sparrows")
        • Mad violence as a prelude to an era of peace (TNG Short Story: "Friends with the Sparrows")
      • Shaka and Makova at Utomi (TNG: "Darmok"; TNG Short Story: "Friends with the Sparrows")
        • Failure of contact potentially leading to or the result of violence (TNG: "Darmok"; TNG Short Story: "Friends with the Sparrows")
      • Zinda (TNG Short Story: "Friends with the Sparrows")
        • A figure the victim of a physical attack (TNG Short Story: "Friends with the Sparrows")