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The Research Center for Luso-Asian Studies (CIELA), University of Macau, will hold  two guest lectures given by Professor Shirley Freitas (UNILAB). The first will address linguistic aspects (focusing specifically on phonetic-phonological aspects) of the Kabuverdianu language of Príncipe Island. The second looks at  socio-historical and linguistic aspects of the Portuguese language in Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Prince. Professor Freitas will be delivering the talks on site, but the session will also be streamed live via ZOOM. Both sessions will be held entirely in Portuguese.



The kabuverdianu of Príncipe Island  (12/04/23) 8:00pm (Macao time) or 09:00am (Brazil time)

The migration of Cape Verdeans to work in the cocoa and coffee plantations of São Tomé and Príncipe (STP) began at the end of the 19th century and, over the years, the Cape Verdean community became significant in the archipelago. General aspects of this migration will be addressed, as well as the reflections of the arrival of Cape Verdeans in the complex linguistic ecology of STP. Thus, the conference will focus on the Kabuverdianu language spoken on Príncipe Island, off the west coast of Africa. Moving on to the discussion of linguistic aspects, the focus will be on the phonetic-phonological aspects, comparing data from Príncipe Island with those from Santiago Island (Cape Verde), the departure point of most Cape Verdean migrants to STP.


Portuguese in three former Portuguese colonies in Africa: sociohistorical and linguistic aspects (17/04/23) 8:00pm (Macao time) or 09:00am (Brazil time)

The conference will address the situation of the Portuguese language in three former colonies of Portugal: Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe. Thus, the objective is to discuss the convergent and singular points of these regions. Initially, we will address the socio-historical context of colonization in each country, then move on to the linguistic situation and the space occupied by Portuguese (official language of the three countries). Linguistic aspects of the Portuguese spoken in each country, at different levels, will also be presented, from the perspective of their contribution to the understanding that these are three distinct and diverse varieties and not just a reflection of European Portuguese.



Professor Shirley Freitas is an Adjunct Professor at the University of International Integration of Afro-Brazilian Lusophony (UNILAB) and at the Graduate Program in Language and Culture at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). Her BA is from the Federal University of Bahia (2010) and her PhD in Arts and Humanities from the University of São Paulo (2016). Her studies focus especially on Portuguese in the Atlantic islands of former Portuguese colonization and on Kabuverdianu, Guinean and Papiamentu.


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