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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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NGUNGA, Eurico Josué  and  MACHADO, Marília Novais da Mata. Social link, culture and language: the portuguese language in Angolan and Brazilian relationships. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2009, vol.2, n.2, pp. 106-117. ISSN 1983-8220.

This paper reveals the role of the Portuguese language in the construction of the social link between Angola and Brazil, starting from a transcribed interview with an Angolan student in Belo Horizonte. It is assumed that the analysis of a micro reality allows enlightening a larger collective process. It tries to expose the link in its institutioning moment, adopting an ethnographic perspective and utilizing procedures of discourse analysis. Four passages of the interview dealing with Portuguese language and culture are analyzed trying to point out (1) the different historic, geographic, economic, political and social determinations that permit to clarify obscure parts of the interview and (2) the imaginary meanings (symbolizations, attachments, desires) related to the social link, created and acting in the interview. The language appears as an important element in the construction of the social link, but it presents difficulties concerning the Angolan and Brazilian variants. These difficulties are major because they are not anticipated.

Keywords : Social Link; Language; Culture; Angola-Brazil Relationships; Social Imaginary Meanings.

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