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Astrology Sun Dial

Location:

At the entrance of the harbor of the Mediterranean island of Rhodes in Greece.

Description:

In AD 654, the Arabs invaded Rhodes. They disassembled the remains of the broken Colossus and sold them to a Jew from Syria. It is said that the fragments had to be transported to Syria on the backs of 900 camels

Languages Of Papua New Guinea

Many of the 700 or so languages on the island of Papua New Guinea are still being studied and will probably be classified into six or seven major families (Torricelli, West Papuan, Sepik-Ramu) as well as a number of small families and unrelated languages. Most of the Papuan languages are spoken by a few thousand people and are little known. They include Enga, Motu, Maisin and Orokolo.

One common feature shared by several languages is the Dual Pronoun. This has a different form for we two and the normal we. This form also occurs with you and you two.

Kiwai has one of the most complex verb structures known. Suffixes and prefixes can make a verb into a complete sentence. For example, the verb ODI means string a bow. With the following suffixes and prefixes, RI-MI-BI-DU-MO-I-ODI-AI-AMA-RI-GO means in the remote future, they three will definitely string two bows at a time.

Yimas has four past tenses distinguishing between different degrees of remoteness in the past. In the Berinmo language, there is no distinction between blue and green but two words (NOL and WOR) for different shades of yellow.
Rotokas has the fewest sounds of any language, 11 (compared to the 44 of standard English). These 11 are made up of 5 vowels and 6 consonants: A, E, I, O, U, B, G, K, P, R, T.

Some linguists consider the languages of the Andaman Islands and of Tasmania to be related to various Papuan languages.

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