Indigenous language policies in Brazil

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In this chapter we outline the historical background of Brazilian language policies that are meant to be supportive of Brazilian indigenous languages and discuss some positive and negative impacts of national programmes developed under these policies. We single out the official programmes relating to indigenous education, language planning and language description and documentation, and ways in which they might help to assure the survival and vitality of Brazil’s indigenous languages. We also draw attention to official support for directing these positive initiatives towards an effective strengthening of indigenous languages and cultures in collaboration with indigenous peoples and in the context of self-determination and empowerment.


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