Defining Cultures by Their Occupation(s) and Environment(s)

Foundation Operation X for languages, cultures and perspectives

Written by Dyami Millarson

Figuring out the traditional or historical primary means of subsistence of (usually small and isolated) communities has been relevant to our language preservation efforts, because it helps us to identify what kind of language community we are dealing with. For instance, a people such as the Hindeloopen Frisians who were historically sea-faring traders is deeply connected with the language they speak, thus they are influenced by their historically transmitted terms and idioms which reflect their unique sea-faring trade history. After studying the vocabulary of the endangered language we are interested in, we move on, as a matter of procedure, to study the occupational history of the community of speakers in order to confirm what the vocabulary was already telling us about the chief occupation(s) of the speakers. We operate by the principle that an orally transmitted endangered language would not possess certain terms that are connected…

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