Excerpt from Vocabulary of the English and Malay Languages, Vol. 2: With Notes; Malay English
With regard to the mode of orthography adopted in expressing the words of the language in our characters, two considerations present them selves: the one, that Of conveying, as nearl... y as possible, their true sound; and the other, of paying the requisite attention to the powers of the several letters made use of in the original It has been my design to avoid a pertinacious adherence to either mode. I have followed as closely the literal orthography of the original as could be done consistently with a fair expression of the sound, and where these could not be reconciled, I have given a preference to the latter consideration, because it appeared of more importance that the word should be rightly pronounced by those who cannot read the Malayan character, than that the more learned scholar should be gratified by a literal accuracy to him not absolutely necessary. Frequently indeed I have been induced to repeat the spelling with some variation in order to convey a juster idea of the pronunciation. - marsden.
The above passage exactly expresses my own views in the matter of orthography. I have been anxious to give these words the prominence due to such an expression of opinion from so famous an authority.
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