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286 Polish

298 Portuguese :

Almeida's Version 271

271 Boys'

271 Provençal or Romaunt Lyons MS..

281 Paris MS. [8086] 281 Paris MS. [6833] 281 Dublin MS.

282 Grenoble MS. 282 Zurich MS.

282 Pushtoo.





376 Tamul (plale iv.) 133 Telinga

(plate 111.) 138 Tibetan (plate 11.) 20 Tigré

60 Tongan

381 Toulouse.

283 Trans-Caucasian Tartar.

352 Tscheremissian

(plate ix.) 331 Tschuwaschian

(plate viii.) 351 Turkish

341 Turkish-Armenian 346 Turkish-Tartar, see

Karass. Turco-Greek



Seaman's Version,

Brunton's Version,

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

17 Kunkuna

129 Kurdish (plate 11.) 82 LAPPONESE

322 Latin Versions of the

Old Testament:
Ante-Hieronymian 245

245 Pagninus's

245 Munster's

246 Leo Juda's

246 Castalio's

246 Junius and Tremellius's

247 Schmidt's

247 Dathe's

247 Latin Versions of the

New Testament :
Ante-Hieronymian 252

252 Beza's, .

252 Castalio's .

253 Schmidt's

253 Sebastian's

253 Schott's

253 Goeschen's

253 Lepcha (plate x.) 21 Lettish or Livonian. 310 Lifu and Nengoné

394 Lithuanian

312 Loochooan (plate ix.) 357


Malayan :
Arabic, Calcutta,

360 Roman,Oxford, 1677 361

Brower, 1668 362

Serampore, 1814

364 Arabic, Singapore, 1831

365 Arabic, Robinson's 1823

366 Maldivian

150 Maltese, 1829

53 1847

54 Mandingo

406 Manks

166 Mantchou (plate vin.) 334 Marathi

126 Massachusett

445 Mayan

168 Mexican.

465 Micmac

454 Modern Greek

241 Mohawk

456 Mongolian (plate x1.) 337 Mogrebin, or African

or Moorish Arabic 55 Mordvinian (plate ix.) 331 Mosquito

469 Moultan or Wuch (p. xi.)

118 Mpongwe

421 Munipoora



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

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401 Samaritan

35 Samoan

388 Samogitian

313 Sanscrit

86 Dr. Carey's Version 90 Saxon, Old .

189 Sclavonian (plate vi.) 291 Sechuana

423 Servian (plate vi.) 302 Siamese (plate xi.) 12 Sindhee

117 Sioux

463 Sirenian (plate vıı.) 332 Sisuta or Sesuto 425 Slovakian

306 Sorabic, see Wendish. Spanish :

Reyna's Version 261

261 Amat's

261 Spanish Basque 318 Surinam NegroEnglish.


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453 Old Saxon

189 Orenburg-Tartar. 349 Orissa (plate in.) 116 Otomi



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126 Malagasse

386 Malayalim (plate x1.) 145



(plate 111.) 91

11 64 71

ZIRIAN (plate vi.) 332


Engraved for "THE BIBLE OF EVERY LAND" Samuel Bagster & Sons, Paternoster Row. Londen.

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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.


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.

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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
books of the Assamese priesthood. It is remarkable the Mongolic conquest of China, in a southerly
that not a single trace of Hindoo influence, either direction.
Buddhistic or Brahministic, can be found in Ahom

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

strip of country along the Bay of Bengal, from
Chittagong to Cape Negrais.

SALONG, or SILONG, is the name of an assemblage LEPCHA is spoken by a tribe apparently of Tibetan

of small islands in the Mergui archipelago, between origin, dwelling on the south side of the Himalayas,
the Andaman Isles and the south-west coast of the on and near the eastern frontier of Bootan.
peninsula. These islands are about one thousand in
number: the predominant language is a peculiar one,

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.

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