The Lost Tribe

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Thereasa Wilson
Dyanna Rajala
English 015-35
February 29, 2012
The Lost Tribe
Do peace, unity, and equality still exist this day in time among groups of people? Are we influenced by our environment to associate our way of seeing things and create language based on that fact? How we view the environment around us helps shape our understanding by creating language to give it meaning. Based on the linguistic data of the recently discovered tribe, we can draw conclusions about the tribe’s climate and terrain, diet, views on family and children, system of government and attitude towards war. This data shows that the lost tribe was an isolated group that lived in a valley, coexisted in unison, valued life, had high regards for children, and had significant roles in their society.

The lost tribe had three words for terrain: absolutely flat, rolling, and slightly hilly, indicating the physical makeup of the land. One could assume that they lived in a valley region. They had no word for ocean, which suggests that there was no large body of water around. This further suggests the tribe lived somewhere inland surrounded by mountains or hills. While the linguistic data suggests there is no large body of water, they had several words for precipitation translating mostly as rain, suggests that they may have had smaller bodies of water such as streams, rivers, or lakes. The lost tribe was exposed to rain excessively throughout the year; therefore they may have had seasons. Since they had only one word translating as snow, one might conclude that there could be occasional snow that was seen at the top of the hills or mountains during the winter season. There is no stated data that would suggest an excessive occurrence of snow. The linguistic data also provides evidence of the lost tribe’s diet. Because they had dozens of terms meaning grains and eight terms for wheat, this may have been the general makeup of their diet. One might assume they grew and...