Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Portugal Speaks Brazilian in a Globalized World

The government of Portugal has voted to adopt Brazilian Portuguese as the official language of Portugal. The South American language does not have the silent consonants that the European one does and has three extra letters. The reform is part of an agreement designed to standardize the language. Democracy rules the day as the reforms impose the language spoken/written by the most people.

Some countries have official language governing bodies like Brazil’s Academia Brasileira de Letras or France’s Académie française (English, and especially the mixed dialect used in the United States, does not). There are even international linguistic organizations such as the Community of Portuguese Language Countries and the Francophonie. While these groups help with some standardization, problems arise when two users of the same language cannot effectively communicate. The rise of globalization has made streamlining languages an important deal. While no one should expect the return of Esperanto, expect to see other countries, including the English speaking states, agree on official spellings (if only for scientific purposes).

5 comments:

torgo jr. said...

PORGUTAL?!

Is that somewhere near Spian?

Deaner said...

Sorry dude but "Portgual" still isn't right.

Just in case you didn't know... we white people love correcting grammatical errors - http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com/2008/05/12/99-grammar/

Dan tdaxp said...

A fascinating story!

(And Porgutal is across the ocean from the Untied States of America :-) ).

Bill Chapman said...

It's rather unfair to say "no one should expect the return of Esperanto". Esperanto has never been away. This year the Universala Esperanto-Asocio, based in the Netherlands is celebrating its first 100 years, the language continues to attract young people. It has a bright future ahead of it. Incidentally Brazil has a particularly lively Esperanto-speaking population, mentioned in the most recent issue of the London political weekly "New Statesman".

Take a look at www.esperanto.net

Brian Barker said...

Bill Chapman's comment about Esperanto hits the mark.
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