P11
Portuguese and national languages in Africa: memory and innovation

Convenors:
Ana Alexandra Silva (Universidade de Évora)
Maria João Marçalo (Universidade de Évora)
Location:
B1 0.09
Sessions:
Friday 19 July, 9:30-11:00, 11:30-13:00, 14:00-15:30, 16:00-17:30

Short abstract:

Portuguese Language in Africa has played an important role as a unifier of different communities. We intend to draw a map od the portuguese language in Africa's geography. We will deal with innovation and invention in the way Portuguese language is spoken in Africa.

Long abstract:

Portuguese Language in Africa has played an important role as a unifier of different communities. We intend to draw a map of the Portuguese language in Africa's geography. We will deal with innovation and invention in the way Portuguese language is spoken in Africa. The Portuguese language in African countries deals with many different cultural boundaries. Portuguese is the official language in countries such as Angola, Moçambique, Cabo Verde, São Tomé e Príncipe and Guiné-Bissau. However, the status of Portuguese as an official language competes with other national languages. Portuguese is the L2 of most speakers in the above-mentioned countries, yet in school is taught as L1. This has implications from the phonetic and phonological point of view, from the syntactic and lexical point of view. A new standard of the Portuguese is being created in these countries. There is an emergent grammar to each of the varieties with which Portuguese language has been in contact with. The linguistic identity can be proved by the study of place and people names, which join the different linguistic realities that exist in the same cultural and geographical spaces. Language is adapted by the users to serve communication purposes. This happens in everyday life, but also can be found in literature. Writers create and adapt language to local realities. This panels aims to contribute to a better description of the linguistic landscape in Africa, in relation to the culture and identity of its people.