The relationship between Portuguese and Indigenous languages in the Community of Portuguese Language Countries

an existential sociolinguistics perspective


  • David Balosa Independent Scholar/School District of Philadelphia



Existencial socialinguistics; Philosophical reflection; Post-colonial discourse.


In this study, I criticize the use of Portuguese as the sole official language of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP). I address the question: Portuguese as the sole official language of the CPLP: what insight is gained for the post-colonial discourse analysis of the CPLP? I employ the theoretical framework of existential sociolinguistics and engage in the method of philosophical reflection – an analysis of arguments – the case of the relationship between Portuguese and indigenous languages within the CPLP as stated in the organization’s objective. I found that Portuguese as the sole official language of the CPLP fosters hegemonic linguistic power, perpetuates social injustice and anti-intercultural value, and undermines linguistic and cultural rights and dignity. In conclusion, I propose a multilingual language policy with the representation of indigenous languages to solve this problem and demonstrate an equitable, dignified, and decolonized treatment of languages other than Portuguese in the CPLP.


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Balosa, D. (2022). The relationship between Portuguese and Indigenous languages in the Community of Portuguese Language Countries: an existential sociolinguistics perspective. Conjuntura Austral, 13(63), 13–28.



Edição Especial: 25 anos de CPLP: Sucessos, Desafios e Oportunidades