Linguists Discover Previously Unknown Language Spoken in Malaysia

While studying the language of the Jahai, linguists discovered another previously unknown language

A team of linguists from Sweden announced having identified a language that was previously unknown to the world and named it Jedek.

“Jedek is not a language spoken by an unknown tribe in the jungle, as you would perhaps imagine, but in a village previously studied by anthropologists,” Niclas Burenhult, associate professor of general linguistics and the first researcher to record the language, said in a statement. It was discovered and recognised as a separate language while his team was studying the Jahai language in a resettlement area in Kelantan.
Jedek is spoken by some 280 people and has nothing in common with Jahai, but seems to share several words and structures found in other Asian languages spoken in Malaysia and Thailand.


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