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Previously-Unknown Indigenous Language Discovered in Malaysia

By The Hindu / Linguists from Sweden’s Lund University have found a previously-undiscovered indigenous language in Malaysia. According to the researchers the language reflects a way of life where the sexes enjoy great equality and there is little violence.

The language called Jedek, which is spoken by only 280 people, was found during a project to visit remote villages and collect data from different groups in the northern state of Kelantan.

The team was studying the previously-known language of Jahai in a remote village surrounded by forest — where people live in wooden houses on stilt — when they realised a large number of people were speaking something different. Niclas Burenhult, one of the researchers, said that anthropologists had studied the same hunter-gatherer community in the past but the linguists asked different questions, leading them to discover the language.

SOURCE: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/previously-unknown-indigenous-language-discovered-in-malaysia/article22753507.ece

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