VIETNAMESE ALPHABET IN THE HISTORY OF VIETNAMESE LANGUAGE

  • Namthilanguage
  • 23/01/2021
In 17th century, Jesuit missionaries such as Francisco de Pina, Antonio Barbosa, Gaspar do Amaral, António de Fontes, Alexandre de Rhodes, etc. came to Vietnam on their religious missions. They came up with the idea of using Latin characters to transcribe Nôm characters in order to serve their missionary work.

They created the Vietnamese alphabet in a record-worthy period: only from 1617 to 1649.

In 1649, Alexandre de Rhodes left Vietnam with the draft of Dictionarium Annamiticum Lusitanum et Latinum (Từ điển Việt-Bồ-La).

In 1651, this dictionary was printed and published in Rome, marking the official presence of the Vietnamese alphabet.

Vietnamese alphabet is the product of the Latinisation and modernization process of Nôm characters.

Source: Varied

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