Jahai language

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Native to Malaysia
Ethnicity 1,800 (2003)
Native speakers
1,000  (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 jhi
Glottolog jeha1242[2]

Jahai (Jehai) is an aboriginal Mon–Khmer language spoken by the Jahai tribe living in Taman Negeri Diraja Belum of Perak, Malaya. The small number of speakers is increasing.

Jahai vocabulary includes a series of words for describing odors. [3]


  1. ^ Jahai at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Jehai". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Radboud University Nijmegen. "Odors expressible in language, as long as you speak right language." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 January 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140103085248.htm>.

Further reading[edit]

  • Burenhult, N. (2005). A grammar of Jahai. Pacific linguistics, 566. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. ISBN 0-85883-554-1