Cod. MES010 - ABSTRACT


Title: WHY TALK ABOUT LUSOPHONY?

 Authors / Institutions:

REGINA PIRES DE BRITO (UNIVERSIDADE PRESBITERIANA MACKENZIE – UPM)

 Abstract: Considering the diversity and the complexity of the “Lusophone space”, we propose a reflection on language policy conceptions in countries where Portuguese is the official language, trying to focus on the “internationalization” of the language, point of order in official speeches. One of the arguments is the integration of this space to the mix of people, as noted by the Angolan writer Ondjaki. However, it is necessary to consider the many challenges and difficulties in the formulation and implementation of policy objectives, appropriate to each context and effective for everyone. As part of this, one should seek (re) cognition and the legitimacy of the national linguistic varieties, enhancing unity in variety. That is why we think a positive agenda for the Portuguese-speaking world, a world that is both globalized (and internationalized) and marked by inter and multi culturalisms. In this perspective, when considering the experiences, values, cultures and particular realities of each community, we try to show how viable the Lusophony characterized by pluricentric and disassociated attitudes of anachronistic feelings or preconceived representations.

 Keywords: Cultural Studies – Lusophone Studies; Linguistic Policy; Portuguese Varieties.