Saturday, June 10, 2006

The Many Faces of Tobian

Tobian in this blog is for e-Tobian or eTobian, otherwise written as Ethiopian. Or maybe it's the Amharican for a citizen of Tobia , a Tobiawi or yeTobia sew ...

Whodathunk Tobian is also a language currenlty spoken by about 100 (50?) indivuduals from the island of Tobi in the Phillipine sea.

The language tree goes something like Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central Eastern, Eastern , Oceanic , Central-Eastern, Remote, Micronesian, Proper, Ponapeic-Trukic, Tobian

It also seems:
Both Tobi Island and Helen Reef have been invaded by Monomorium destructor, a so called ‘tramp ant' species that is widely dispersed by human commerce and trade. The ant causes extensive economic damage in human settlements by damaging fabric and rubber goods and removing insulation from electric cables. On Tobi Island particularly communication means (phone cables) and solar electricity systems are under threat but humans also directly suffer from the insects’ aggressive nature. The resident population in Tobi Island has decreased significantly due to disturbance by this ant.
Well, good luck and sabuho.

1 comment:

nolawi said...

Tobi, e-Tobianye... endet adrege laqolamtish...

anyways interesting... the destructor ant is called tramp...

i wonder if donald trump is related to them.

bey you are fired.