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«Defending a country’s identity» [Cátia Cassiano, “Updated Words”]

Defending a country’s identity

Cátia Cassiano
“UpdatedWords” (Australia), 9 May , 2023

Defending a Country’s Identity it’s the duty of its citizens and its governments who are elected to defend and represent their country abroad. That identity is shown by the country’s culture, its traditions, its food, and the language is how those identity traits are communicated to others. Without a language, there is no culture, and without culture, there is no country.

Languages are complex beings I would say. They can be spoken in different parts of the world and they develop their own intricacies that represent that part of the world. They form variants and they share the same core rules and vocabulary, but they create their own, which is a product of a different evolution and cultural influence. This is a reality for many languages like English, Spanish, Portuguese, and others. Most countries understand this and respect those differences since they only enrich the language itself by creating diversity and culture. Unfortunately, the Portuguese government does not and that is hurting the country’s language, culture, and identity.

Incompetenty, disrespect, and contempt

In 2009, the then-Portuguese Government approved the New Orthographic Agreement of the Portuguese Language 1990 (AO90). According to them, it was aimed to “unify” the language and simplify things. There was no consultation on the matter and linguists were appalled by such an idea. The problem is that the government is imposing a change to the variant spoken in Portugal, which does not reflect the country’s culture or natural evolution. Some say they imposed the Brazilian variant on the Portuguese, the reason for such claims is that the majority of changes favour the Brazilian variant over the European variant. This is rather unnatural for the Portuguese and that is the reason causing such revolt. But let’s make it clear, this is not a war between Portuguese and Brazilians, both Portuguese and Brazilians are against it. This is a fight against a bunch of politicians who know nothing about languages and their evolution and use them as a tool for their corrupt endeavours.

The government is democratically elected to protect, defend, represent, and run the country. The Portuguese Government has done none of the above. They never represented the country or its interests, they certainly did not defend it and as per running the country, you just look at the economy and make your own conclusions. In my view, they are incompetent to run the country, they disrespect its customs and culture and they treat its citizens with contempt and that is why people have revolted against them.

The citizens’ revolt

Portuguese citizens from all walks of life spoke out about this appalling change. Those who create it don’t even know how to apply it and if you look at the Diary of the Republic, which is the official document where all government proceedings and Laws are registered, you will find a mix of rules, which make it even more confusing to read and understand. The children are learning a language they don’t identify with and this is the reality of a country with centuries of history and culture.

A group of Citizens joined forces and signed a Citizens’ Legislative Initiative (Iniciativa Legistativa de Cidadãos contra o Acordo Ortográfico – ILCAO) with thousands of signatures proposing the annulment of this absurd. It wasn’t passed. But we won’t give up. Ms. Isabel Ferreira, the author of the blog “O Lugar da Língua Portuguesa” (The Portuguese Language Place), has written an Appeal to the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, explaining why this absurd must be abolished. Again, we all stepped in and sign up. I was one of those who have proudly participated in both initiatives and I will continue to do so until we have justice. If you want to join us, please, follow the link and send Ms. Ferreira an email with your name and profession. You must be a Portuguese Citizen. Let’s fight for what’s right, let’s fight for this culture, these people, and their language.

Cátia Cassiano

[Transcrição integral. Destaques meus. Acrescentei imagens e “links” (a verde),
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Defender a identidade de um país

Cátia Cassiano
“UpdatedWords” (Australia), 9 May , 2023

Defender a identidade de um país é um dever dos cidadãos e dos governos eleitos defender e representar o seu país no estrangeiro. Essa identidade manifesta-se na cultura do país, nas suas tradições, na sua gastronomia, e a língua é a forma como esses traços de identidade são comunicados aos outros. Sem língua, não há cultura e, sem cultura, não há país.

As línguas são seres complexos, diria eu. Podem ser faladas em diferentes partes do mundo e desenvolvem as suas próprias complexidades que representam essa parte do mundo. Formam variantes e partilham as mesmas regras e o mesmo vocabulário, mas criam o seu próprio, que é o produto de uma evolução e de uma influência cultural diferentes. Esta é uma realidade para muitas línguas como o inglês, o espanhol, o português e outras. A maioria dos países compreende este facto e respeita essas diferenças, uma vez que elas apenas enriquecem a própria língua, criando diversidade e cultura. Infelizmente, o governo português não o faz e isso está a prejudicar a língua, a cultura e a identidade do país.

Incompetência, desrespeito e desprezo

Em 2009, o então Governo português aprovou o Novo Acordo Ortográfico da Língua Portuguesa de 1990 (AO90). Segundo eles, o objectivo era “unificar” a língua e simplificar as coisas. Não houve qualquer consulta sobre o assunto e os linguistas ficaram chocados com tal ideia. O problema é que o governo está a impor uma mudança na variante falada em Portugal, que não reflecte a cultura nem a evolução natural do país. Há quem diga que impuseram a variante brasileira aos portugueses, a razão para tais afirmações é que a maioria das mudanças favorece a variante brasileira em detrimento da variante europeia. Isto não é natural para os portugueses e é essa a razão da revolta. Mas vamos deixar claro, esta não é uma guerra entre portugueses e brasileiros, tanto portugueses como brasileiros estão contra. Trata-se de uma luta contra um bando de políticos que não sabem nada sobre as línguas e a sua evolução e que as usam como um instrumento para os seus projectos corruptos. (mais…)