Portuguese American Journal

UMD: Portuguese within the Context of the Languages of the Iberian Peninsula – Lecture

The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and Department of Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMD), is hosting a lecture tittled, “Words Specific to Portuguese within the Context of the Languages of the Iberian Peninsula,” by Prof. Fernando Venâncio. The lecture will be conducted in Portuguese.

The event, free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. in LARTS 397D (parking lot 1).

Prof. Fernando Venâncio

Professor Venâncio is a Portuguese writer, cultural and literary critic, linguist and academic. He holds a doctorate in Portuguese linguistics from the University of Amsterdam, where he teaches Portuguese language and culture. He is the author of ten books that include essay, fiction (novels and collections of short stories), crónica, and poetry, who has published in the major newspapers and literary magazines of Portugal.

In his lecture, Professor Venâncio will speak of his comparative studies research that related the languages of the Iberian Peninsula, particularly Galician and Spanish. Venâncio’s systematic research over many years has revealed informative and intriguing results. This lecture will provide an update on this long-term project, while discussing the methods employed, the challenges encountered, and the findings to date.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture  is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has one of the largest Department of Portuguese in North America, with six full-time professors, ten faculty members in affiliated departments in the humanities and social sciences, and a full graduate program, offering both an MA in Portuguese Studies and a PhD in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory.

Portuguese is a Romance language spoken by over 200 million people worldwide

Source: Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMD with editorial adaptations by PAJ staff.

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