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TitleThe orthographic (dis)agreement and the Portuguese identity threat
Author(s)Carvalho, Michelly Santos de
Cabecinhas, Rosa
KeywordsOrthographic agreement
Identity threat
Social representations
Social identity
Acordo Ortográfico
Identidade social
Representações sociais
Língua Portuguesa
Issue date2013
PublisherTagus Press
JournalLusofonia and Its Futures
Abstract(s)This paper analyzes the Portuguese's opinion on the orthographic agreement recently implemented among the members of the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community. This agreement aims to uniformize Portuguese orthography. A survey was conducted about this issue in Portugal. Our hypothesis is that the Portuguese people will reject this agreement since it will be seen as an identity threat: the agreement is considered as a kind of submission by the former colonizer (Portugal) towards the former colonized (Brazil). As expected, the level of rejection of the Agreement was very high. In this paper, the discourse of rejection of the Agreement and the kind of motives invoked by Portuguese respondents are discussed integrating the contributions of social representations theory.
DescriptionSerie: Portuguese literary and cultural studies; ISSN 1521-804X ; vol. 25
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AccessOpen access
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