3.4. Portuguese in Africa
Angola and Mozambique are the African countries where the
Portuguese language was more strongly implanted as the spoken
language, side by side with numerous aboriginal languages. A
sufficiently pure Portuguese is spoken, even with some proper traces,
in general Lusitanian archaisms or dialectalisms similar to the ones
found in Brazil. The influence of the black languages on the
Portuguese of Angola and Mozambique was very light, only concerning
the local lexicon.
In the other African countries of Portuguese official language, the
Portuguese language is used in the administration, the education, the
press and the international relations. In the situations of the daily
life, national languages or Creoles of Portuguese origin are also
used. In some countries, more than one Creole sprouted up, but
speakers of different Creoles can understand each other.
This proximity with local languages is distancing the regional
Portuguese of these countries from the European Portuguese; in many
cases, they approach the Brazilian Portuguese.
- 3.4.a. Angola
- 3.4.b. Cape Verde
- 3.4.c. Guinea-Bissau
- 3.4.d. Mozambique
- 3.4.e. Sao Tome and Principe
- 3.4.f. Other regions of Africa