The Synglosson contains vocabulary lists documenting everything from "bread" and "bed" to "heaven" and "spirits." The represented languages with Rafinesque's notes include Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Polynesian, Dutch, “Gipsy”, Celtic, Sumatran, "Corean", Australian, Indian, Burmese, Old English, Malayan, and a list of Greek words derived from Hebrew and "akin to Oriental languages". Rafinesque, a traveler, botanist, and linguist, wrote about his experiences and catalogued flora and fauna along with languages in his printed works.

C.S. (Constantine Samuel) Rafinesque (1783-1840).
Synglosson: Fifth Book of Vocabularies of the Languages of Asia, Africa, Europe, & Polynesia. Philadelphia. [Manuscript] [c.1832].

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