On Wednesday, August 26, the IRC will continue to journey through the languages of South and Central America. With approximately 215 to 220 million native speakers and 270 million total speakers, Portuguese is usually listed as the sixth most natively spoken language in the world, the third-most spoken European language in the world in terms of native speakers. Simone Cavalcante of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Kansas will introduce the Portuguese language, and provide some context on the many cultures that speak the language.
About the Speaker
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Simone has a B.A. in English and American Literature from Rio de Janeiro State University and a graduate degree in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Simone has been teaching Portuguese language and culture since her grad school and has done extensive research on new methodologies in language teaching. Her academic interests include questions of gender and sexuality, Latin American and Lusophone cinemas, Human Rights and Environmental Studies. In her free-time, she enjoys running, surfing, cooking, playing music, and watching series/movies with her two cats, Kerby and Little (aka Titus Andronicus).
There are around 6500 languages spoken throughout the world today, but how many can we name, much less speak? The International Relations Council is proud to present Lexicon, a weekly digital interactive program that will introduce you to a language you may not know much about. Each week, IRC members and friends will offer some history and context on a different language, let you sample the look and sounds of the language, and give you some hints on where you can experience more of the language and the cultures it represents – and you just might walk away with a new word or two. Linguists of all levels welcome!