PORT 3005/LING 3601 Portuguese Language and Culture of the Caribbean (1)

Pre-requisite: PORT 2002

The course explores origins and development of Portuguese language and culture in the Caribbean region, by considering the fate of Portuguese language itself, as well as the impact of Portuguese on the development of Papiamentu and Saramaccan. The course Portuguese Language and Culture in the Caribbean analyses the three roles of Portuguese in the Caribbean region: the role of Portuguese in European-African contact and Caribbean Creole language genesis, the development of two specific creole languages, and the role of the language among immigrant Portuguese groups. The course investigates the linguo-cultural phenomena of language birth, language change and language shift as intimately connected to socio-cultural, socio-economic, and socio-political factors such as power and prestige.

The course will also briefly look at Luso-descendants and their use of Portuguese in Venezuela, as well as at the contact situations between Brazilian Portuguese and other languages on the borders of Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.


Method of Instruction: 2 lectures and 1 tutorial per week

Assessment: 100% in-course assessment