roam about in their boats among the little archipelago of islands south of Singapore to about lat. iA S. (where they also have a few settlements on the Sumatran coast),1 and who resort from time to time at least as far north as lat. iA 50' on the west coast of Johor, and 30 amongst the islands to the east of Johor and Pahang, if not farther.
The difficulty of dealing with the dialects of this group is increased by the fact that in part of the area occupied by them, inland of an irregular line running at some few milesa distance from the coast in South Selangor, the Negri Sembilan, and Malacca, the Malay speech by which they have been influenced is the Menangkabau dialect (from inland and western Sumatra), which differs considerably from ordinary Malay, and has never been thoroughly studied in the Peninsula. Sometimes where the Jakun dialects differ from ordinary Malay, it is merely because they have adopted words or forms from the Menangkabau Malay of their immediate Malay neighbours.
Most of the Jakun tribes, then, speak dialects which, on the face of them are Malayan : they contain only small residuary percentages of words peculiar to themselves, and it is these small residues which offer the only basis of classification.2
Kenaboi subdivision.aKenaboi is recorded only in two3 vocabularies, representing apparently two different dialects, both collected by Hervey, the one
1 There are also Orang Laut, known them in a series, with the almost as Sekah, in Billiton. They speak a entirely non-Malay Kenaboi at one Malay dialect, but are excluded from end, and the practically unmixed this work by reason of their geo- Malay of Southern Johor and the graphical position. Their name S/kak islands at the other; but that would is probably not connected with Sakai, be no real classification.
but a special form of Suku (with the 3 I neglect Vaughan-Stevens* scanty meaning a clan a or a tribe a). contribution, as it contains nothing
2 One could, of course, arrange distinctive.2 One could, of course, arrange distinctive.