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Full Title: 10. Deutscher Lusitanistentag, Sektion 1: Writing in Lusophonia: Past, Present and Future

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Start Date: 11-Sep-2013 - 14-Sep-2013
Contact: Rolf Kemmler Barbara Schäfer-Prieß
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Meeting Description: Writing in Lusophonia: Past, Present and Future (Grafia na lusofonia: passado, presente e futuro)

On December 16, 1990, the Ministers of Culture and incumbents of similar posts of the then existing Lusophone countries (Angola, Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe) met in Lisbon to sign the Portuguese Language Orthographic Agreement, officially designated as ‘Acordo Ortográfico da Língua Portuguesa’ (AOLP 1990). As is widely known, the implementation of the agreement, in contrast to its failed 1986 predecessor, remained largely undisputed, which is why Portugal had already ratified it in 1991, but Brazil only in 1995. Since the new Spelling System originally should have come into effect by January 1994, renegotiations became necessary. Indeed, only the ‘Segundo Protocolo Modificativo ao Acordo Ortográfico da Língua Portuguesa’, signed on July 25, 2004 by the Member States of the recently founded Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (‘Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa’, CPLP) provided the necessary legal framework.

In this document, the signatory countries, which by then also included East Timor, established that the agreement would enter into force as soon as the third ratification document was deposited with the Foreign Ministry (‘Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros’) of the Portuguese Republic. This was the case with the deposit by São Tomé and Príncipe in December 2006. After the ratification was carried out in Portugal in 2008, the new Spelling System became effective in Brazil on January 1, 2009. Moreover, in Portugal, where several print media already anticipated the move, the AOLP 1990 Spelling is since January 1, 2012 a reality in the educational system as well as in public correspondence. Several African countries are also on the verge of the implementation or have already realized it.

Given the recent developments, it is relevant that we analyze all aspects of the (ortho)graphy of the Lusophone countries and regions in historical and in current terms, also taking a look on the implications for the future. In this sense, we particularly welcome discussions on topics such as the following:

- Spelling systems in orthographic treatises or similar works or metaorthographic considerations in grammars and other metalinguistic works since the 16th Century.
- Studies dedicated to graphemics / graphematics from the most ancient texts to modern times
- Historical spelling reforms in Lusophone countries
- The reality of AOLP 1990 in the Lusophone world
- Minimal reform or revolution: suggestions for a future revision of the 1990 AOLP

The Congresses of the German Society of Lusitanists (Deutscher Lusitanistenverband e.V; DLV) is an established international conference which brings together researchers working on Portuguese studies. The 10th Congress will take place at the University of Hamburg (Germany).

Organizers: Rolf Kemmler (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro) & Barbara Schäfer-Prieß (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Lexicography; Phonetics; Phonology; Writing Systems
Subject Language: Portuguese
LL Issue: 24.574

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