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Jahai language

Native toMalaysia, a few in Thailand
Ethnicity1,800 (2008)[1]
Native speakers
1,000 in Malaysia (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3jhi

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

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



Front Central Back
Close i ĩ ɨ ɨ̃ u ũ
Close-mid e o
Open-mid ɛ ɛ̃ ə ə̃ ɔ ɔ̃
Open a ã


Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive voiceless p t c k ʔ
voiced b d ɟ ɡ
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Fricative ɸ s h
Lateral l
Rhotic ɾ~r
Approximant w j

See also


  1. ^ a b Jahai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Jehai". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Radboud University Nijmegen."Odors expressible in language, as long as you speak right language." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 January 2014. .

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