464 RELATION TO OTHER LANGUAGES part iv
not as yet been traced to any known source, and it may still be regarded as an arguable question whether the Sakai dialects were originally cognate to the Mon-Annam languages. Both groups must be more minutely examined than has been possible up to the present time before absolute certainty can be attained as to their original relations. But there does not appear to be in Sakai, as there certainly is in Semang, a substantial list of common words in everyday use which would betray an alien origin,1 and, on the whole, the evidence at present rather tends to the conclusion that the Sakai dialects were from the first related to the Mon-Annam languages in the same way as is apparently the case with Nicobarese, Khasi, and the Palaung, Riang, and Wa dialects. So far as I know, there is nothing in their grammar or structure which would negative this conclusion.
The Jakun group, after deducting the words which can be accounted for as Malayan or Mon-Annam, leaves us a considerable residue, the origin of which I am unable to explain. Some of these have been mentioned already,a but it may be convenient to give a few specimens here. The following are typical of Kenaboi, which contains the largest percentage of unidentified forms :aa bird,a sabu ; a black,a sayd,; abreast,a rapang; acloud,a lingsa-, acrocodile,a tohol\ adog,a ketok; afish,a rdyap\ aforehead,a chala\ ahead,a tahal; amoon,a linta; apig,a scroi;
a root,a jeldr; atooth,a cherdh. The following are
1 If Sakai was originally descended therefore, in Sakai of some words which
from the same mother-tongue as the cannot be found in the Mon-Annani
Mon-Annam languages, it might never- languages does not cause any difficulty,
theless possess words which the others in view of the large percentage (in Senoi
had lost or which it had evolved since A 35 per cent) of important words in
the remote date of its separation from everyday use which it shares with them,
the common source. The presence, - See pp. 386, 404, 407*409 supra.the common source. The presence, - See pp. 386, 404, 407*409 supra.