My method of gathering Languages into groups has been throughout this essay geographical and not linguistic, subject to the provision that Families have been kept distinct. For instance, the Khamti Language, though obviously within the valley of Assam, has not been included within the Assam Group of Languages, because it is of the Tai
The Malay Language is spoken in portions of the island of Sumatra and of the Peninsula of Malacca, the islands of Banca, Billiton, the Rhio-Lingga Archipelago, the islands lying -VVest of Sumatra, portions of the coasts of Borneo, of the Moluccas, and other islands. It is said to be spoken by ten and a half millions, but all calculations must be vague. The Bible has been translated both into Standard and Low Malay in both Arabic and Roman Characters.