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Linguists Discover Previously Unidentified Language In Malaysia (smithsonianmag.com)
38 points by curtis 5 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments



There is no clarification in the article (unless I missed it) that Jedek is a derivation, or based on Bahasa Melayu (the Malay language)?

Here is Australia, almost every Aboriginal tribe has their own dialect. Often times tribes that lived only a few hundred miles apart had their own unique language. Not surprising that the article mentions there are over 7000 different languages spoken on this planet.


They imply it's in the Austoasiatic language subfamily AslianĀ¹: "Some of these words suggested a link with other Aslian languages [...]".

AustoasiaticĀ² is the family that includes Vietnamese and Khmer, but not Malay.

1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aslian_languages

2: AKA Mon-Khmer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austroasiatic_languages


Regarding the words for mother all around the world, I have little doubt that we all speak the same language, only vastly different varieties. I'm getting into semantics, but in this case, semantics seems on-topic :)


It's evolution. Isolation=diversity.




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