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  •  Persia is near Tower of Babel land... (1+ / 0-)
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    It's a puzzle how some tribes a valley apart were mutually unintelligible back in the day. Still true in parts of the world.
    Some polynesian islands are 100 square miles with two dozen different languages.

    Why languages diverge rather then merge is Tower of Babel territory. Something happened. Babel wiki:

    According to the story, a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, came to the land of Shinar (Hebrew: שנער‎), where they resolved to build a city with a tower "whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth."
    God came down to see what they did and said: "They are one people and have one language, and nothing will be withheld from them which they purpose to do." "Come, let us go down and confound their speech." And so God scattered them upon the face of the Earth, and confused their languages, so that they would not be able to return to each other, and they left off building the city, which was called Babel "because God there confounded the language of all the Earth."

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