There are a gazillion things wrong with the ideas presented in that episode regarding their language. Basically a language based entirely on shared culture is impossible unless a species had some sort of racial memory that would allow them to be born knowing all the culture already.
For a series whose stories are solidly based in hard science, it certainly is an anomaly... ProfessorTrek 04:36, July 2, 2011 (UTC)
One of the explanations I thought of was that perhaps they were technology thieves, like the Pakleds, but that would not explain their ability to actually use the acquired technology, which they wouldn't have because of this limitation. ProfessorTrek 04:39, July 2, 2011 (UTC)
The other possibility I thought of was that they were like the Son'a and integrated other races into their society, and these would be the ones responsible for developing/using technology, but then I would think that they would be able to outsmart them. ProfessorTrek 04:45, July 2, 2011 (UTC)
My thoughts on this episode were that they were using some sort of ceremonial language, or maybe just only speaking in metaphors, to make some sort of point to the non-Tamarians. 18.104.22.168 05:14, July 2, 2011 (UTC)
Shaka, when the walls fell...
The idea that a language being based on a shared narrative is impossible is a load of crap. Children grow up emulating their parents as a child grows they watch everything and eventually learn the meaning of words or phrases. Even without knowing the narrative as a child grows they are immersed in the culture and learning the language by listening to the context not just the words just like every other culture. As for mathematics and scientific notation that is not part of a regular language mathematics is a universal concept and the Children of Tama probably have their own terms but it is hard to discern because you would have to pick it out of everything else they are saying. At the beginning of the episode they sent a tranmission of a basic mathematic progression and understanding that mathematics is universal requires a culture to have an understanding of math and science.