Language policy in Brazil: monolingualism and linguistic prejudice

Language policy in Brazil: monolingualism and linguistic prejudice

Gladis Massini-Cagliari1 – gladis@fclar.unesp.br

Journal Language Policy
Publisher Springer Netherlands
ISSN 1568-4555 (Print) 1573-1863 (Online)
Issue Volume 3, Number 1 / March, 2004
DOI 10.1023/B:LPOL.0000017723.72533.fd
Pages 3-23
Subject Collection Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
SpringerLink Date Tuesday, October 26, 2004
(1) Departamento de Lingüística, Faculdade de Ciências e Letras, Universidade Estadual Paulista – UNESP, Campus de Araraquara, Brazil
Abstract :
The purpose of this article is to analyse the linguistic situation in Brazil and to discuss the relationship between Portuguese and the 200 other languages, about 170 indigenous, spoken in the country. It focuses on three points: the historical process of language unification, recent official language policy initiatives,and linguistic prejudice. I examine two manifestations of linguistic prejudice, one against external elements and the other against supposedly inferior internal elements, pointing out to a common origin: the myth that the Portuguese language in Brazil is characterised by an astonishing unity.

Brazil – Brazilian Portuguese – language policy in Brazil – language unification – linguistic ideology – linguistic prejudice – monolingualism

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