Francisco de Pina who is believed is the inventor of the Vietnamese-romanised script. File Photo ĐÀ NẴNG — Authorities in the central city of Đà Nẵng are considering naming some streets in the city after two foreign missionaries, who play key roles in the development of the Vietnamese-romanised script. The city’s culture authority has held a public survey for a project on naming nearly 140 streets, roads and public buildings in the city in 2019. Among the name suggestions, there are the two missionaries, Francisco de Pina (1585-1625), a Portuguese priest, who arrived Việt Nam in 1617 and invented the Vietnamese alphabet, and Alexandre de Rhodes (1591-1660), a French missionary as well as lexicographer, who wrote the first trilingual Vietnamese-Portuguese-Latin dictionary. Two streets in the city’s Hải Châu District are expected to be named after the missionaries. According to the director of the city’s Department of Culture and Sports, Huỳnh Văn Hùng, the two men played significant roles in the formation of the present Vietnamese script. “The founding of the modern Vietnamese-romanised script has boosted Vietnamese culture incredibly. Their names were suggested by historians and cultural researchers,” he said. Next month, the Đà Nẵng Association of Science and History will hold a… Read full this story
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