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Ms. Coll. 700 Item 158 Vocabulario de la lengua de los indios blancos, valientes y talamancos en la costa oriental de Costa Rica entre Rio Zent y Boca del Toro
TitleVocabulario de la lengua de los indios blancos, valientes y talamancos en la costa oriental de Costa Rica entre Rio Zent y Boca del Toro
- Scherzer, Karl, Ritter von, 1821-1903
Other related names
- Berendt, C. Hermann 1817-1878, former owner
- Brinton, Daniel Garrison, 1837-1899, former owner
Call numberMs. Coll. 700 Item 158
(3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6206., University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 9947422093503681
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania
LanguageSpanish and an Indian language (or dialect) of the Talamanca region of Costa Rica, probably Bribri and possibly also Cabecar
- between 1857 and 1878
C. Hermann Berendt's transcription of approximately 180 vocabulary entries, including numbers, from the list that Karl Scherzer attributed to the Blanco, Valiente, and Talamanca tribes, in his article entitled Sprachen der Indianer Central-Amerika's (Sitzungsberichte der kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, philosophisch-historische Classe, 15. Band, Wien, 1855, p. 28-37). Berendt uses the name Viceita (cover), which is often associated with the Bribri, and sometimes also with the Cabecar Indians. Scherzer's article comprised a comparative table of languages of Indians of Central America, and he described the above-named tribes as inhabiting the eastern coast of Costa Rica between Rio Zent and Boca del Toro. Scherzer provided the Indian equivalents of German vocabulary entries arranged in the order of Albert Gallatin's comparative Indian vocabulary. Berendt's manuscript comprises vocabulary entries in Spanish (retaining the same order used by Scherzer), followed by the Indian word in Scherzer's spelling, and then the spelling according to Berendt's analytical alphabet. In a prefatory note (p. ii), Berendt paraphrases Scherzer's remarks concerning the German-oriented orthography he used. In Berendt's own notes appended to the vocabulary (p. 10-12), he makes reference (p. 10) to the later publication of this same vocabulary in a book that Scherzer co-authored with Moritz Wagner, Die Republik Costa Rica in Central-Amerika (p. 573-576), first published in 1856. Berendt explains that in the latter work Scherzer reported his source to be a certain Indian by the name of Tomas Ottárola of the Blancos tribe, who was born in San José and lived at the time in Orosi; and that at one point in a note (Wagner/Scherzer, p. 563) he refers to the vocabulary as being the language of the Viseitas (Viceitas) and Blancos. In further remarks pertaining to the specification of the Indians and the language in question Berendt refers to a communication he had from Philipp J. J. Valentini (p. 11). For Berendt's revised version of this manuscript, see Ms. Coll. 700, Item 159; in the latter he specifies the 1857 printing of the Wagner/Scherzer book.
- Ms. codex.
- Title from title page (p. i).
- Bound together in same paper cover with Ms. Coll. 700, Item 159.
- This was the twelfth of 19 manuscripts formerly bound together, probably by Daniel Garrison Brinton, and now disbound (Items 129-136, 143, 145, 146, 151-155, and 157-159). The bound volume had the spine title: Languages of Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Extent7 leaves : 204 x 126 (155 x 100-113) mm. bound to 204 x 128 mm
FoliationPaper, 7 leaves; [i-ii], , 2-9, [10-12]; contemporary pagination in ink, upper outer corners.
BindingContemporary paper covers; sewn. Gatherings mostly detached from each other.
- From the collection of C. Hermann Berendt, later acquired by Daniel Garrison Brinton (ex libris stamp on the verso of front free endpaper in the bound volume that once contained the present item).
- Bribri dialect--Glossaries, vocabularies, etc
- Cabecar language--Glossaries, vocabularies, etc
- Indians of Central America--Costa Rica--Languages
- Manuscripts, Spanish--19th century
- Manuscripts, Latin American
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