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A textual trajectory through the Global South: queer linguistic ideologies and translocal metapragmatics

Wednesday 27 March 2019
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


Basing on the analysis of the re-entextualization of a Brazilian professional funk video with a Brazilian popstar (Anita) into a homemade video in the Philippines, made by queer young men (team ASPO), this talk explores the linguistic ideology and the metapragamatic projections which such a textual trajectory invokes. This trajectory draws attention to the emergence of ‘Brazilian Portuguese’ in a totally unexpected place: the Phillipines - a fact which is typical of our so-called globalized times. Besides being informed by queer theories, the talk also relies on the theoretic-analytical constructs of indexicalization, circulation of discourses, fields of communicability and performativity. It is argued that the linguistic ideology mobilized, in such re-entextualization, is different from traditional representationalist and modernist ideologies, by pointing to performative views of ‘languages’ as well of participants’ bodies. Such an ideology is forged by means of translocal metapragmatics which project a logic of an ‘as-if’ social world, in which languages are taken as “as-if” phenomenona.


Luiz Paulo Moita-Lopes is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a Researcher of the Brazilian National Research Council. He is the editor of Global Portuguese: linguistic ideologies in late modernity (Routledge, 2015/2018) and   co-editor of Aila Review 30, Meaning making in the periphery (John Benjamins, 2017). His last papers appeared in the journal Gender and Language (2018) and in the book Language and Culture on the Margings (Routledge, 2019). His research interests include the intersectionality of race, gender, sexuality and social class performativities in our onlineOffline contemporary timeSpaces as well as issues related to language and globalization.

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