Ana Maria Car­valho Borges de Sousa, Lec­turer in Por­tuguese Lan­guage, Uni­ver­sity of the Pun­jab – La­hore

The Diplomatic Insight - - Editor's Note - Even in a direct con­tact with Urdu some words present both in Por­tuguese and Urdu Lan­guages.

It is re­ally a very nice op­por­tu­nity start­ing with the teach­ing of Por­tuguese Lan­guage at the In­sti­tute of Lan­guages, Uni­ver­sity of the Pun­jab -– New Cam­pus, in La­hore, from Septem­ber 2011. It is a spe­cial and unique way to give to the stu­dents the pos­si­bil­ity to know a new cul­ture, through the lan­guage. It is also the place where we are able to un­der­line the sim­i­lar­ity of some words, both in Urdu Lan­guage and in Por­tuguese Lan­guage, which have very close spell­ing and, most of the times, the same mean­ing, show­ing in this way that both of th­ese lan­guages have sev­eral things in com­mon. I’m so grate­ful to the Uni­ver­sity of the Pun­jab – New Cam­pus, La­hore for giv­ing me all the di­dac­tic train­ing and eco­nomic sup­port to col­lab­o­rate in a re­search just about this very in­ter­est­ing mat­ter. With Dr. Maria Is­abel Mal­don­ado (PhD in Span­ish Lan­guage and Gen­eral Lin­guis­tics (UNED, Spain) and In­charge of In­sti­tute of Lan­guages, Uni­ver­sity of the Pun­jab, La­hore), we and se­man­tic com­par­a­tive anal­y­sis of ten words, com­mon both in Urdu and Por­tuguese, that re­ally ex­ists a close con­nec­tion be­tween many cog­nates of Urdu Lan­guage and Por­tuguese Lan­guage. That would be due to the sec­u­lar Por­tuguese pres­ence in the In­dian Sub­con­ti­nent. Start­ing in the XVth cen­tury, the Por­tuguese set­tlers es­tab­lished them­selves along the coast, keep­ing a close re­la­tion with the lo­cal id­ioms they both used. Al­though with roots in the Ibe­rian Penin­sula, the Por­tuguese Lan­guage spread it­self many dif­fer­ent sonori­ties, mean­ings and ex­pres­sions. Por­tuguese Lan­guage is the lan­guage of Por­tu­gal, the west­ern­most coun­try of lan­guage of oth­ers eight coun­tries across four con­ti­nents, of which six are in Africa (An­gola, Mozam­bique, Guinea-Bis­sau, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe and Equa­to­rial Guinea), one in South Amer­ica (Brazil) and one in Asia (East Ti­mor), with close to 250 mil­lion speak­ers. It also re­mains spo­ken by sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple in smaller re­gions, such as in Goa, Da­man and Diu (In­dia). On the diplo­matic level, at sev­eral in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions and re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Euro­pean Union, Mer­co­sur, the African Union and the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­i­can States. There is also an ac­tive move­ment to make it the sev­enth The po­lit­i­cal di­men­sion of this im­mense Lu­so­phone world is in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized in the Com­mu­nity of Por­tuguese Lan­guage Coun­tries (CPLP), founded in 1996. It is based on the in­ter-gov­ern­men­tal lines of the Com­mon­wealth or Fran­co­phonie or­ga­ni­za­tions and all eight Por­tugue­ses­peak­ing coun­tries are its mem­bers. Mau­ri­tius and Sene­gal are as­so­ciate ob­servers. A big thank is go­ing to the Pak­istanPor­tu­gal Busi­ness Coun­cil which, I’m sure, is al­ready giv­ing and will grow more and more in giv­ing the pos­si­bil­ity to spread the knowl­edge about Por­tu­gal and its op­por­tu­nity, mainly in the trade But my great con­sid­er­a­tion and es­teem goes to H.E. Dr. João Sabido Costa, Am­bas­sador of Por­tu­gal to Pak­istan, who is giv­ing a great and beau­ti­ful boost to pro­mote the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ships Pak­istan/Por­tu­gal with dili­gence and con­stancy. It is also be­cause of him that col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween The Uni­ver­sity of the Pun­jab and the the Por­tuguese In­sti­tute for co­op­er­a­tion and the lan­guage, in Lis­bon, will start soon.

Camões, I.P. –

with the stu­dents of Por­tuguese Lan­guage is the art. Dis­cov­er­ing the Ara­bic Cul­ture in the Por­tuguese art, is re­ally a fas­ci­nat­ing job. At least, I would like to say also that I’m very grate­ful to all of my col­leagues. We work in a very nice at­mos­phere, sup­port­ing each other and col­lab­o­rat­ing to en­sure our In­sti­tute of Lan­guages be­comes more and more the place where the stu­dents are happy to come fa­mil­iar at­mos­phere.

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