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References: Orang Asli bibliography 2001 (30e): Skeat (#Skagden)

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

From: Lye Tuck-Po, ed. 2001. Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia: A Comprehensive and Annotated Bibliography, CSEAS Research Report Series No. 88. Kyoto: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University.


586. SKEAT, W[alter] W[illiam], and Charles O. BLAGDEN. 1906. Pagan races of the Malay Peninsula. 2 vols. London: Cass — for many years these monumental volumes were the standard ethnographic source on the Orang Asli. Now badly dated in terms of theoretical orientation and content, but they remain invaluable basic sources. Opening chapter is a vivid and beautifully written introduction to the environment. Vol. 2 contains Blagden’s “Language” and “Comparative vocabulary of Aboriginal dialects”. His classification is based on vocabulary and phonological features. With an opening review of earlier research and extensive bibliography (including many obscure sources), partially incorporated into this manuscript. Extensively illustrated with photographs [LTP; #ATR1680]. Reprinted 1966. For reviews, see: C. G. Seligman in Nature vol. 75, pp. 145–148, and Man [=JRAI] vol. 37; Ridley in JSBRAS vol. 49 (1907), pp. 1–6; Crooke in Transactions of the Folklore Society vol. 18 (1907); Temple in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (1907), pp. 1099–1103; and The Times Literary Supplement11/1/1907, p. 13. For references to Skeat’s pre-Skagden, post-fieldwork reports, see Gullick #397. [#Skagden]
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