ERIC Number: ED367137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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Debating the 1990 Luso-Brazilian Orthographic Accord.
Garcez, Pedro M.
Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, v9 n2 p43-70 Fall 1993
A case of corpus cultivation language planning is reported: the 1990 Luso-Brazilian Orthographic Accord for the seven Portuguese-speaking countries discussed here, signed by representatives of all seven countries that have Portuguese as their official language. Socio-historical background is provided about Portuguese standardization and spread, the distribution of the language in the world today, and the development of its spelling norms. Discussion of the Accord and the ensuing debate is carried out through an analysis of the positions taken and of the arguments used by authors in a selection of scholarly and journalistic articles. These arguments are contrasted with Geerts, van den Broeck and Verdoodt (1977) who reported on a similar case. It is concluded that while most of the debate revolves around issues of linguistic efficiency, the Accord and its proponents are primarily concerned with political and diplomatic efficiency. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
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