Charles-Antoine Chancerel Manuscripts on Oidapa
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Charles-Antoine Chancerel was a French civil engineer who invented an artificial language called Oidapa in the late 19th century.
This collection consists of four bound manuscripts documenting an artificial language called Oidapa (Oïdapa, Oīdapa) that was invented by French civil engineer Charles-Antoine Chancerel in the late 19th century. The manuscripts include a French-Oidapa dictionary containing a lexicon that spans over 300 pages, along with three grammar books describing Oidapa linguistics, characters, pronunciation, and grammar in French. The differences in the grammar books from 1888 and 1892 demonstrate how Chancerel's language grew more complex over time. Chancerel's introductory writings note that these texts are written to support students learning the language on their own without an instructor. They also describe Oidapa as both a cosmopolitan language ("langage cosmopolite") and an international language ("le sans nationalité"). This collection provides insight into a less well-known constructed language that emerged in Europe around the same time as popular international auxiliary languages such as L.L. Zamenhof's Esperanto and Johann Martin Schleyer's Volapük.
Purchased from Eric Grangeon Rare Books in 2019 (AM 2020-24).
This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in October 2019. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in October 2019.
No materials were removed from the collection during 2019 processing.
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Open for research.
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