Portuguese in Portugal
There are five main dialectal groups in Portugal: North or
Galician, Central or Beira, South or estremenho and Insular (spoken in
Madeira and in the Azores). Besides this dialectal differentiation, Portuguese is notable
by its uniformity throughout the territory. This is one of the reasons why it helped
motivate and strengthen a powerful national identity. This identity is particularly stated
in all the popular festivities (as those celebrated by the popular calendar). Standard
Portuguese language is the same literary and administrative Portuguese that originated in
Oporto and then spread into Coimbra and Lisbon. From there it spread to the entire
territory. The dialects that are most far away from the literary language are settled in
Northern Portugal, in the bordering area with Galicia, and South of Algarve.
Portuguese in Brazil.
Brazilian Portuguese has some vocabulary, pronunciation and
syntax differences with the Portuguese language spoken in the Iberian Peninsula. But this
doesn't preclude understanding among both speaking groups. Particularly, Brazilian
Portuguese has received the influence of many languages, indigenous and Asian-European,
that have impressed their particular character on it. For about 300 years, the only
European people who lived and immigrated to Brazil where Portuguese themselves; but, after
Brazil's independence, floods of immigrants started to arrive, mainly Italians. These
immigrants exerted a huge influence in the political, commercial and cultural life of the
country as well as on its language. German and Japanese immigrants didn't adapt well to
Brazilian society at first, but afterwards they became an important part of it.
Brazilian Portuguese developed itself during the XVI
Century from dialects coming from the Lisbon and Coimbra areas. It differs from Peninsular
Portuguese in several aspects. For example, the second person in verb conjugation is
almost never used. Pronunciation is also different ("r", for example), and the
order of words is more flexible than in Portugal. There are some writing differences;
however, writers still use a metropolis standard Portuguese. On the other hand, the Creole
language, which once was very extended in all the Brazilian territory, is now starting to
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