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Rochefort, Charles de, 1605-1683.

Histoire naturelle et morale des iles Antilles de l'Amerique ... Avec un vocabulaire caraïbe. Derniere edition.

Rotterdam: Reinier Leers, 1681

Physical Description: [36], 583, [13], 43, [1] p., [3] folded leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. (4to)

Call number: E681/ R674h

Accession number: 01910

Notes: Includes "Vocabulaire caraïbe" by Raymond Breton (p. 571-583), listing several hundred French terms with Carib equivalents, grouped in ten thematic categories: Les parties du corps humain; Parenté & alliance; Conditions & qualitez; Actions & Passions; Ménage & trafic; Ornemens & armes; Animaus de terre, d’eau, et d’air; Arbres & plantes; Choses élémentaires & inanimées; Choses spirituelles ou de religion. Book II, chapter 10 consists of “Remarques sur la langue des Caraïbes” (p. 447-454), addressing mainly vocabulary (descriptive glosses in French with few Carib equivalent), with some notes on pronunciation, intonation, grammar, and registers of speech. Book II, chapter 8, article IV, “De l’origine des Apalachites & de leur langage” (p. 393-395), is more extensive than remarks on Apalachee found in the 1658 French edition. First published, Rotterdam, 1658; here a reissue of the 2nd, 1665, edition with a new t.p. and the addition of a 43 p. supplement. Authorship from Echeverria & Wilkie. Has also been attributed to Louis de Poincy and to César de Rochefort.

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Languages: Carib

Genre: Vocabulary

Region: Caribbean Islands