On September 26, Ana Paulla Braga Mattos from Brazilian Studies held a presentation for Europæisk sprogdag. She talked about the languages spoken (and signed) in today’s world. While we are losing many languages, they are dying dramatically; we are experiencing the expansion of some languages in different ways. Due to different reasons (colonization, economic crisis, natural disasters, wars, studies and jobs (multinational and multilingual companies)) people move and their languages move as well. As consequence, contact and internalization of languages become more frequent, and monolingual and bilingual societies, like the Danish society, experience multilingualism in everyday interactions.
At the PhD course “Doing sociolinguistic research. Dialects and languages in contact” (12 Oct – 13 Oct), organized by Susana Fernandez and Peter Bakker, Ana Paulla Braga Mattos presented about the community Kalunga, located in Goiás– Brazil. The study on the language spoken in Kalunga was the topic of Ana Paulla’s PhD project. You can find the thesis here