And now ...
So there, first off, was a question of trust.
Should he admit what any person used to such systems might suspect as a matter of course: that they were under observation, they were being recorded?
In fact they were not only being recorded, every individual word was being computer-captured and linked to context--because nobody since the first human settlement on the planet had had to deal with a completely strange language. Ragi, at least, was within human abilitiy to pronounce, but neither human or atevi could figure the booms and thumps that ranged into the bottom range of hearing. Yes, the devices all linked to a master system.
Tell them that Tano--whose specialty was demolitions, about as far from linguistics as one could get--was in the sitting room of the paidhi's apartment making the best real-time analysis he could manage? Tano was following the conversations, looking at the situational use and helping the computer build a sort of dictionary, flagging repetitions in other contexts, and, if Tano thought of one, even assigning a best-guess definition.