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298 Portuguese :
Almeida's Version 271
271 Provençal or Romaunt Lyons MS..
281 Paris MS.  281 Paris MS.  281 Dublin MS.
282 Grenoble MS. 282 Zurich MS.
376 Tamul (plale iv.) 133 Telinga
(plate 111.) 138 Tibetan (plate 11.) 20 Tigré
283 Trans-Caucasian Tartar.
(plate ix.) 331 Tschuwaschian
(plate viii.) 351 Turkish
341 Turkish-Armenian 346 Turkish-Tartar, see
347 Karelian (plate vn.) 328 Karen, Sgau (plate x.) 16 Sho or Pwo
(plate x.) 16 Karif or Carib
473 Karnata, or Canarese
(plate v.) 141 Katchi
(plate iv.) 117 Khaspoora Khassee (plate 1.) 17 In Roman
129 Kurdish (plate 11.) 82 LAPPONESE
322 Latin Versions of the
246 Leo Juda's
246 Junius and Tremellius's
247 Latin Versions of the
New Testament :
252 Beza's, .
252 Castalio's .
253 Lepcha (plate x.) 21 Lettish or Livonian. 310 Lifu and Nengoné
312 Loochooan (plate ix.) 357
360 Roman,Oxford, 1677 361
Brower, 1668 362
364 Arabic, Singapore, 1831
365 Arabic, Robinson's 1823
150 Maltese, 1829
166 Mantchou (plate vin.) 334 Marathi
454 Modern Greek
456 Mongolian (plate x1.) 337 Mogrebin, or African
or Moorish Arabic 55 Mordvinian (plate ix.) 331 Mosquito
469 Moultan or Wuch (p. xi.)
378 Reval Esthonian 329 Romanese, Romonsch,
or Upper and
Lower Enghadine 287 Rommany
130 Russian (plate vi.) 295
URDoo or Urdu . 94 Uriya (plate 11.) 116
86 Dr. Carey's Version 90 Saxon, Old .
189 Sclavonian (plate vi.) 291 Sechuana
423 Servian (plate vi.) 302 Siamese (plate xi.) 12 Sindhee
463 Sirenian (plate vıı.) 332 Sisuta or Sesuto 425 Slovakian
306 Sorabic, see Wendish. Spanish :
Reyna's Version 261
261 Spanish Basque 318 Surinam NegroEnglish.
453 Old Saxon
189 Orenburg-Tartar. 349 Orissa (plate in.) 116 Otomi
386 Malayalim (plate x1.) 145
(plate 111.) 91
11 64 71
ZIRIAN (plate vi.) 332
REMARKS ON THE MAP
The Monosyllabic languages are spoken exclusively in the south-eastern angle of the continent of Asia: their area is little inferior in point of extent to the whole of Europe. The various nations by whom these languages are employed all belong to one stock or family, and are distinguished, in a more or less modified degree, by the Mongolic type of physical conformation. The religion which has obtained the widest acceptance among this race is Buddhism, but other forms of belief are also received. The religion of Confucius, and the Taouism of Lao-tsze, for instance, prevail to a considerable extent in China ; and a rude species of idolatry, said in some instances to resemble that practised by the Esquimaux, is predominant among the wild untutored tribes of the mountains, who still preserve their independence in the very midst of the civilised nations of this race.
The Monosyllabic languages are referable, geographically and philologically, to three grand divisions, namely, the languages of China, the languages of the Indo-Chinese or Transgangetic peninsula, and the languages of Tibet and the Himalayas.
I. LANGUAGES OF CHINA.
CIAMPA, or TSHAMPA, is still spoken in the very CHINESE is the language of China, an extensive
south of Cochin China by a people who, before their
annexation to the empire of Anam, formed a separate country, of which the entire surface forms a kind of natural declivity from the high steppe-land of Central
and independent nation. Asia to the shores of the North Pacific. The moun- CAMBOJAN is the language of Cambodia, a country tain chains which traverse this region are not generally
in the south of the peninsula, lying between two remarkable for extent or altitude, the chief physical parallel ridges of mountains, and divided into two characteristic being the broad water-sheds, with their
nearly equal parts by the river May-kuang or Mekon. corresponding fertile, alluvial valleys, whereby this
The Cainbojans, who are akin to, if not identical large portion of the earth's surface is rendered a
with, the Kho men, are supposed to derive their peculiarly fit abode for an industrial, agricultural
origin from a warlike mountain race named Kho, the people. Various dialects (according to Leyden, about
Gueos of early Portuguese historians. sixteen in number) prevail in the different provinces of China, but they are merely local varieties of SIAMESE is more widely diffused than any other Chinese. Distinct languages are spoken among the Indo-Chinese language; its various dialects prevail mountain and forest districts by uncivilised tribes, over more than half the peninsula, and are spoken, who are supposed by some to have been the original with little interruption, in a northerly direction, possessors of the country.
from Cambodia on the south to the borders of
Tibet on the north. This wide diffusion may in II. LANGUAGES OF THE TRANS
part be accounted for by the early conquest of As
sam by Siamese tribes. The dialect of the ancient GANGETIC PENINSULA.
Siamese or T’hay tongue, which is now conventionANAMITE is predominant in a line of country border
ally designated the Siamese, is spoken in Siam, an ing on the Chinese Sea, and extends inland as far extensive kingdom south-west of Burmah. as the westernmost of those longitudinal ranges of LAOS, or LAW, is a Siamese dialect pervading the mountains of which, with their corresponding valleys,
very interior of the peninsula; it is conterminous this peninsula is composed. The Anamite language
with the Cambojan, Anamite, Siamese, Burmese, is spoken, with little variety of dialect, by the
Chinese and Shyan languages. The Laos people Tonquinese and Cochin Chinese, two nations who
boast of an ancient civilisation; and their country, evidently at no very remote period formed one
noted for the vestiges it contains of the founders of people. In moral and physical characteristics they
Buddhism, is the famed resort of Buddhistic devotees. closely resemble the Chinese, and they are said by some of the neighbouring tribes to have been SHYAN is another Siamese dialect, and is spoken to originally a Chinese colony.
the north of Burmah, between China and Munipoor.
AHOM, an ancient Siamese dialect, is not marked on tribes are descended from the mountainous races
the Map, because extinct, or only preserved in the of the chains of Yun-nan, dispersed, probably since
KOONKIE is a wild unwritten dialect, said to resemble
the Arakanese. It is spoken by the Kukis, a people KHAMTI, though the most northern of Siamese who have been identified with the Nagas and Khoodialects, varies but little from the dialect of Bankok, meas.
They dwell to the north of Arakan, on the the capital of Siam. It is spoken by a small moun- frontiers of Munipoor and Cachar. tainous tribe in the north-east corner of Assam, on the border of Tibet.
MUNIPOORA is predominant in Munipoor, a small
kingdom forming part of the northern boundary of SINGPHO is the language of the most powerful of the Burmah.
mountain tribes, and prevails in the north of the Burmese empire, almost on the confines of China.
CACHARESE is spoken by a numerous tribe in a It is conterminous with the Khamti and Shyan on
district of considerable extent, lying east of the the north and south, and with the Chinese and
Bengal district of Sylhet. This language is conMunipoora languages on the east and west.
terminous with the Munipoora on the east, and the
Khassee on the west. PEGUESE prevails in the Delta of the Irawady, within the province of Pegu, formerly a part of the Burmese
KHASSEE is spoken on a range of hills forming part dominion, but transferred to British rule in 1852.
of the southern border of Lower Assam. The people
to whom it is vernacular are called Cossyahs or BURMESE is the language of the dominant people of Khasias. the empire of Burmah. Including its cognate dialect,
** The interposition of Assamese (which is a Sanscrit language the Arakanese, it extends from the Laos country to
nearly allied to Bengalee) in the area otherwise exclusively occupied by the Bay of Bengal, and from Munipoor to Pegu : it Monosyllabic languages, has given rise to much conjecture; but it is now is also predominant throughout the maritime province generally believed that the natives of Lower Assam originally employed of Tenasserim, in the south-west of the peninsula,
a Monosyllabic dialect, but were led by their contiguity to Hindustan,
and by political and other circumstances, to adopt a language of that which is now British territory.
country. Upper Assam is still peopled by various tribes speaking Mono
syllabic languages. ARAKANESE, as we have before observed, is an elder dialect of Burmese : it prevails through a narrow
III. LANGUAGES OF TIBET AND
of small islands in the Mergui archipelago, between origin, dwelling on the south side of the Himalayas,
ABOR and MISHIMI are the languages of uncivilised and little is at present known concerning it; yet it
tribes inhabiting an extensive range of hilly country is generally referred to the Monosyllabic class.
on the borders of Bootan and Tibet, between the
ninety-fourth and the ninety-seventh degrees of east KAREN is spoken in three diversities of dialect, by longitude.
uncivilised tribes irregularly distributed over the regions lying between the eleventh and twenty-third
TIBETAN is spoken by the widely-diffused race of degrees of north latitude, but chiefly to be found
Bhot in Tibet, Bootan, Ladakh, and Bultistan or among the jungles and mountains on the frontiers of
Little Tibet. This extensive range of country lies Burmalı, Siam, and Pegu. Some of these tribes are
among the Himalayas, in the south-eastern angle of designated red Karens, from the light colour of their
the plateau of Central Asia. The geographical complexion, a circumstance supposed to result from
position of the Bhotiya, and likewise some of their the great elevation of their mountainous abodes.
moral and physical characteristics, would appear to
connect them with the nomadic nations of that vast KHYEN, or KIAYN, perhaps more generally called plateau, if their peculiar language, which approxi
Kolun, is spoken by some wild tribes dwelling in mates in some respects to that of China, did not North Arakan, and on various mountain heights west indicate their relationship to the Chinese: and this of the Irawady. These tribes are of more importance affinity, on the one side with the Chinese, and on the in an ethnographical than in a political or historical other with the Turkish, Mongolian, and Tungusian point of view. According to their own tradition, tribes of Central Asia, has caused this remarkable they are the aborigines of Ava and Pegu. It was race to be regarded as the connecting link between the opinion of Ritter, that the Khyen and Karen these two great divisions of the human family.