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LINGUIST List 24.1755

Fri Apr 19 2013

Diss: Socioling/Portuguese: Lopez: 'A língua de Camoês com Iemanjá...'

Editor for this issue: Lili Xia <lxialinguistlist.org>

Date: 19-Apr-2013
From: Laura Lopez <laura.alvarezispla.su.se>
Subject: A língua de Camoês com Iemanjá: forma e funções da linguagem 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 Alvarez Lopez

Dissertation Title: A língua de Camoês com Iemanjá: forma e funções da linguagem do candomblé

Dissertation URL: http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:195220/FULLTEXT01

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Portuguese (por)

Dissertation Director:
Jan Anward
Lars Fant

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 theway 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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