San'Shyuum language

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The language of the San'Shyuum is similar to Medieval Gregorian-style chanting, based on religious sermons by the High Prophet of Regret on Installation 05.[1] Whether this is spoken by all San'Shyuum, or if it is a special dialect for religious purposes is unknown. One of the terms of the Writ of Union was for the San'Shyuum to adopt the Sangheili language as their own, an act viewed by the Sangheili as the single greatest concession the San'Shyuum made during the treaty process that effectively established their own culture as the foundation of the nascent Covenant Empire. However, to the San'Shyuum, this was a non-issue and they were willing to trade their language for power.[2]

The San'Shyuum also used non-verbal communication, in the form of elaborate or simple hand gestures, though some involved movement of the head.[3] Most other races, such as the Sangheili, were completely unaware of this.[4] The San'Shyuum were also able to convey expressions through these gestures, such as satisfaction,[5] irony,[6] obeisance,[7] amusement,[8] respect,[9] and empathy.[10] An extra flip of the thumb was used to show a gesture was being used mockingly.[8] Accents could also be conveyed through these gestures.[11] The Stoics on Janjur Qom seemed to have used the same hand gestures.[3]

Known gestures[edit]

  • All things flow away. (Rippling the three fingers of one's right hand, a gesture of regret)[12]
  • Be well and be discreet.[13]
  • Esteemed colleagues, let us begin. (The rippling of a hand, a traditional sign)[14]
  • Go silent or die silent. (A quick, snappish gesture, rarely used)[15]
  • Happy to be of service.[16]
  • I choose not to be offended.[17]
  • I do not contradict you. (An elaborate gesture)[14]
  • I have decided. It will be done. (Formed by a sinuous motion with the head and a hand gesture)[3]
  • I will speak of it another time.[18]
  • It's a minor difficulty.[17]
  • It's safe to come.[19]
  • It is past time.[20]
  • Joyful obedience.[21]
  • Make peace with your ancestors.[8]
  • Of course![22]
  • One is but thinking aloud.[23]
  • Respectfully, you are mistaken.[8]
  • So you say.[24]
  • What means this? (The fluttering of a hand, an ancient gesture)[25]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Halo 2, campaign level Regret
  2. ^ Halo Mythos, p. 44
  3. ^ a b c Halo: Broken Circle, page 133
  4. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, Chapter 1
  5. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 23 (Google Play edition)
  6. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 50
  7. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 75
  8. ^ a b c d Halo: Broken Circle, page 112
  9. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 160
  10. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 148
  11. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 16
  12. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 8 (Google Play edition)
  13. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 51 (Google Play edition)
  14. ^ a b Halo: Broken Circle, page 19 (Google Play edition)
  15. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 74 (Google Play edition)
  16. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 63 (Google Play edition)
  17. ^ a b Halo: Broken Circle, page 96 (Google Play edition)
  18. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 97 (Google Play edition)
  19. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 134 (Google Play edition)
  20. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 73 (Google Play edition)
  21. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 76 (Google Play edition)
  22. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 111 (Google Play edition)
  23. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 64 (Google Play edition)
  24. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 161 (Google Play edition)
  25. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, page 72 (Google Play edition)