The goal was to determine whether the Egyptians or the Phrygians were the “eldest of all men” by observing whether these isolated children grew to speak the Egyptian or Phrygian language. Similar language difficulties have been observed in other children isolated from human contact for extended periods of time. Lack of early exposure to language makes it more difficult for children in this situation to later learn any language, spoken or signed. In some situations, children may grow up in an environment where a pidgin is the main language spoken around them. In many ways, this system resembled a pidgin, the kind of emergency, makeshift language that lets speakers who don’t share a common language communicate.