Portuguese: Variations and Cultures
Cod: 51060
Department: DH
Scientific area: Linguistics
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit addresses issues on Portuguese unity and variety taking into account its multiple language variants and cultural backgrounds. It promotes thus reflection, questioning and critical sense on cultural diversity within the Lusophone space and on the qualities Portuguese language assumes in this multi-continental universe.

  1. Variação 
  2. Crioulos
  3. Planeamento Linguístico

• Understanding cultural diversity in countries in which Portuguese is the official language;
• Raising awareness of the importance of this cultural-linguistic space in the global context;
• Understanding diversity as a specific and structuring value in contemporary societies and the role of language in this context.

This course unit addresses issues on the Portuguese language in its literary manifestations within African, American, European and Asian cultures. The Lusophone space as a place of many cultures and literary realities having Portuguese as shared reference and its variants as an identifying and affirmation factor of national manifestations.

BRITO, R. H. & MARTINS, M. de L. (2004) “Considerações em torno da relação entre língua e pertença identitária em contexto lusófono”, Anuário Internacional de Comunicação Lusófona, n. 2, Federação Lusófona de Ciências da Comunicação: São Paulo, pp. 69-77.
CRISTÓVÃO, Fernando (Dir. & Coord.), AMORIM, Maria Adelina, MARQUES, Maria Lúcia Garcia, & MOITA, Susana Brites. (Eds.). (2007) Dicionário Temático da Lusofonia. Lisboa: Texto Editores.
CINTRA, L. F. L. (1983). Estudos de Dialectologia Portuguesa. Lisboa: Sá da Costa Editora.
BAXTER, A. (1996). Línguas Pidgin e Crioulas. In I. H. Faria, E. R. Pedro, I. Duarte & C. A. M. Gouveia (Eds.), Introdução à Linguística Geral e Portuguesa (pp. 535-549). Lisboa: Editorial Caminho.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

Competence in English language is recommended.