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“Linguistic Diversity in Brazil” – Lecture by Fábio Bonfim Duarte

By LACSI on February 15, 2016 in
February 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Gilbert Hall 118
Pilar Chamorro

Dr. Fábio Bonfim DuarteAccording to the Unesco Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger, there are around 500 languages

currently being spoken in South America. However, 420 are seriously in danger of disappearing due to the

pressure of the majority languages and to the fact that the number of the speakers is very low. Although Brazil

is the country with the greatest linguistic variety in the region, it has the largest number of languages in danger

of extinction. Dr. Fábio Bonfim Duarte will present some results of the research that he has conducted in order to support activities of

documentation and revitalization of several of these languages. Such actions are urgent in the case of languages

like Aurê-Aura, Júma, Akúntsu, Avá-Canoeiro and Bará, which are spoken by less than 20 people.

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