As often is the case in the development of languages, Jedek reflects the culture and traditions of its speakers. This tiny subset of the peninsula’s population lives communally—thus, they lack words that signify ownership or occupation. Instead, they have more words that indicate sharing activities and notions of equality.

Language can affect how we see color or how we experience emotions . Jedek, too, is yet another example of how languages can surprise us and influence our understanding of people around the world.

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