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Ceylon Portuguese: Survival Against All Odds

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  • UserProfessor Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya (Visiting Fellow, Lucy Cavendish College and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies School of Advanced Study, University of London)
  • ClockThursday 19 May 2022, 17:00-17:50
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In this seminar, the survival of Ceylon Portuguese will be considered with particular reference to a community of Afrodescent whose dual heritage – African and Portuguese – is entwined in the performance of chant-like manja, accompanied by dancing. The lyrics of manja encapsulate the words of a language that has become moribund. Ceylon Portuguese is a critically endangered language and the loss of language threatens the survival of the tradition, the only inheritance from their African ancestors.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Endangered Languages and Cultures Group series.

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