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LINGUIST List 21.2862

Fri Jul 09 2010

Diss: Anthro Ling/Socioling: López: 'A lingua de camões com Iemanjá...'

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        1.    Laura Álvarez López, A lingua de camões com Iemanjá: Forma e funções da linguage do candomblé.

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Date: 29-Jun-2010
From: Laura Álvarez López <lauraisp.su.se>
Subject: A lingua de camões com Iemanjá: Forma e funções da linguage do candomblé.
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Institution: Stockholm University
Program: Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2004

Author: Laura Álvarez López

Dissertation Title: A lingua de camões com Iemanjá: Forma e funções da linguage do candomblé.

Dissertation URL: http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?searchId=1&pid=diva2:195220

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Portuguese (por)

Dissertation Director:
Lars Fant
Jan Anward

Dissertation Abstract:

The present thesis addresses the relationship between the structure and
social functions of language through the study of an Afro-Brazilian
Portuguese speech community. The adopted methodological, analytical, and
theoretical standpoints have their origin in linguistic anthropology,
social psychology of language and discourse analysis. A set of data was
collected during extensive fieldwork in Salvador (Brazil), and consists of
recordings of informal conversations with and between followers of
Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian religion.

Focusing on the communicative process in a specific communicative setting,
the linguistic analyses illustrate the relationship between language and
identity by examining the way in which expressions of African origin
function as identity markers. In order to connect such Africanisms used by
Candomblé followers in their everyday speech with the linguistic attitudes
and ideologies found in Brazilian society throughout history, an
interdisciplinary approach was called for and factors that affect the
speech community's ethnolinguistic vitality were explored. Linguistic
attitudes and ideologies that have influenced group vitality were analyzed
in the socio-political context (or macro-context). At the same time, the
purpose was to understand communication within the sacred space of
Candomblé by examining issues such as changes in linguistic forms and
functions in the communicative situation (or microcontext).

Apart from revealing patterns of communication in Candomblé communities,
the results of the analyses show how linguistic changes such as
re-Africanization are triggered by changes of attitudes in society. These
changes affect speakers' identities and language use within speech communities.

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