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Title: The influence of the English Language on the Portuguese Language: What are Brazilians talking about?
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Author: Angela Paiva Dionisio
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Institution: Federal University of Pernambuco
Linguistic Field: Anthropological Linguistics
Abstract: How can the relationship between language and emotion be stimulated by a law? How can Brazilians put into words what they are feeling in relation to the influence of the English language on the Portuguese language?/L/To answer these questions, it is necessary to mention that in Brazil, a Member of Congress presented a bill in 1999 to prohibit the use of foreign words in public places. Since that time, grammarians, poets, Portuguese teachers, journalists and linguists are 'having arguments' and 'making arguments', in Tannen's terminology, in the Brazilian press. Statements published by Brazilian magazines briefly show us some points of view such as 'Yankees, go home', 'We face the risk of in 50 years reading Machado de Assis in English', 'We are copying syntactic structure from English', 'Brazilians are reading, listening to and speaking an even greater quantity of English words', 'It is a loss of identity and a lack of shame'./L/I have collected 20 articles which have been published in Brazilian weekly/monthly magazines and newspapers, since 1999. Eight of them are from the Brazilian Association of Applied Linguistic (ALAB), in July, 2000, three are from Educação, a magazine published by the Teaching Syndicate of the State of São Paulo and the other nine are from different news magazines and newspapers. Based on Tannen's (1999) conception of argument culture, and on Palmer and Occhi's (l999) conception of language of sentiment, this paper investigates how linguists, teachers, journalists, grammarians and poets express their opinions in response to Congressman Rebelo's bill.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed

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