Portuguese as a Global Language (MLP2002)

15 credits

In the 13th century Portuguese established itself as the language of Portugal. In the 21st century Portuguese is one of the most spoken languages globally. In this module you will be taken on a journey of the development and spread of Portuguese. You will discover its social and historical background as well as how Portuguese diversified: what was the outcome of the contact between Portuguese and the other languages it encountered?

The different varieties of Portuguese as well as Portuguese-based creoles and semi-creoles will be studied as well as language maintenance and shift of Portuguese-speaking diasporas.