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of classification. The most that I can say of them here is that, judging from the specimens recorded, these are both Malayan languages in the wider sense. They are not merely Malay subdialects, nor do they fall under any of the subdivisions of the aboriginal dialects of the Peninsula, though they have, of course, by virtue of their Malayan element, more in common with the Jakun group than with the other two. The connection of the dialect of the Orang Laut of Trang with those of the Selungs of the Mergui Archipelago (who, as not being geographically appendant to the Malay Peninsula, are excluded from the scope of this work*) would be worth investigating, if a more extensive vocabulary of the Trang dialect could be obtained.
It is impossible to say with any approach to accuracy of statement how many different dialects and subdialects are included in the classification that has been given above. The materials are in many cases too scanty, and in some too inaccurate, to serve such a purpose. Having given the main lines of classification, I think it safer to avoid problematical subdivisions, and merely to point out that there are among the dialects of the Peninsula a number of striking instances of sharply defined linguistic frontiers between contiguous but mutually unintelligible forms of speech.
Such, in the north of the Peninsula, are the border lines separating, eg. (i) Semang from Northern Sakai,
1 See Anderson, Sellings of the Primer (1846) mentioned ibid. pp. Mergui Archipelago (1890), especially 18, 36, of which a copy exists in the PP* 39*47 and the Selung Language India Office Library.1 See Anderson, Sellings of the Primer (1846) mentioned ibid. pp. Mergui Archipelago (1890), especially 18, 36, of which a copy exists in the PP* 39*47 and the Selung Language India Office Library.