RELATION TO OTHER LANGUAGES part'v
Nevertheless it is certain that a considerable common element runs through Munda, Khasi, and NicobareseA and this common element is identical with the maiA constituents of the Mon-Annam family. The coD' nection of the Mon-Khmer languages with the Malayo-Polynesian family is most mysterious, 35 there appears to be a considerable resemblance iA structure, accompanied (despite a certain number of common words), by a very distinct diversity in the actual materials.1 Their relation to the NortherA Indo-Chinese languages (including Chinese) would seem to point to long contact and considerable borrowing, but not to community of origin.
These peculiarly complex relations may perhap3 be explained by the former geographical positions of these various races. In Indo-China there has been a great shifting of populations to the southward. ^ would seem that some two or three thousand year8 ago the southern coast-line was occupied by MalayaA tribes, and the interior by tribes speaking MoA' Khmer languages.2 To the north of these, 10 Southern China and the adjoining regions, dwelt the
1 The syntax is almost identical, and a mixture of Gaulish and Germ*#, ot
there is a remarkable likeness in some English a blend of British and Latin, of the prefixes and infixes in use in the 2 The Chams are sufficient evident
two families. The Malayan languages of this former state of things so fa*
also use suffixes, whereas the Mon- the south-eastern part of Indo-China1^
Annam languages do not; but, curi- concerned. As to the probability ^
ously enough, Nicobarese also to a the centre of dispersion of the Malay0^
limited extent uses them. When, Polynesian languages was somew^e
however, De Lanessan (Encyclopedia on the coast of Indo-China, see
Britannica, vol. xxvi. p. 513, 1902) Taalkundige gegevens ter bepaling f .
styles Khmer a blend of Malayan and het Stamland der Maleisch-PolyneslsC.
Chinese, he goes completely astray. Volken, 1889. The islands off the co
There are in Khmer certain words of Tenasserim up to about lat. 13 a
which it has in common with Chinese to this day occupied by a Malayan raC a
and certain others which it shares with the Selungs. But as these are
the Malayan languages, but the main sea-gypsies, their present haunts
substance of it is neither Chinese nor not help us much to determine t c
Malayan. One might as well call French early location.Malayan. One might as well call French early location.