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Is the future of Portuguese predictable?

Thursday 12 October 2017
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden


Due to the current economic importance of Portuguese in the world, it is necessary to elaborate strategies to promote the language internationally. This language planning and its policies must be coherent with the multicultural realities of each country that has Portuguese as a mother tongue, second, foreign or as a business language. Hence, in order to evaluate the actions taken by the CPLP community (Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa – Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries), regarding the promotion of Portuguese as an international language, I analyze the discourse of the community to highlight the pros and cons in such a linguistic expansion process. Furthermore, I focus on the role of one of its members, Brazil, which is the entity’s biggest country, geographically and economically.  By doing that, I offer a better understanding of the CPLP community expectations towards the Brazilian participation in the promotion of Portuguese. Therefore, I offer an evaluation of the linguistic policies for the Portuguese language, its expansion, as well as some of the achievements and drawbacks faced by the community after twenty years of its existence.

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