17th Century Vietnamese Dictionary
This is the first Vietnamese dictionary in quc
the romanized orthographic system invented by European Christian missionaries
to Vietnam in the 17th century. French Jesuit missionary Alexandre de
Rhodes compiled the dictionary to facilitate the training of local priests
in Christian teachings. In the early 20th century, quc
was popularized when French colonial authorities encouraged its use as
a means of undermining the authority of the traditional elite. It is the
standard writing system used in Vietnam today.
Alexandre de Rhodes. Dictionarium Annnamiticum [sic] Lusitanum,
et Latinum. Romae: Typis, & sumptibus eiusdem Sacr. Congreg., 1651.
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