Excerpt from A Short Vocabulary of the Aka Language
MY only excuse for using the Chief Commissioner's per mission to print this very brief Vocabulary is that the Aka language is practically unknown, and that even this very imperfect list of words may encourage and assist some... more competent enquirer to investigate a language full of interest. Even this short list will suffice to show that the language has little affinity with that of the Miris and Daf¿as, the neigh bours of the Akas on the east. Some day, perhaps, its con nection with Tibetan - a. Connection which the physical aspect and dress of the Akas renders probable - may be worked out. If any one will undertake the task, I can recommend J apho, who lives near Balipara, as an instructor who talks Assamese fairly well, and is willing to bear with an ignorant foreigner's enquiries, - for a consideration. My only regret is that other occupations made me but a poor pupil, as this Vocabulary too plainly shows. Brief as my list of words is, it probably contains many errors. Nothing is more difficult than to hear the words of a language aright unless the enquirer has learned enough to speak connected sentences, and it is too likely that many of these words have not been transliterated correctly. They were, however, all repeated to J apho and if errors there are, upon his head may they be visited. I much regret that I had to leave Assam with the task of learning the Aka tongue barely begun; and I.
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