Allusionist 172. A Brief History of Brazilian Portuguese | The Allusionist

“The myths, or the received wisdom, about Portuguese language in Brazil is that, of course we know we speak a very different version of the language, but this has always been explained to us as maybe perhaps a defect of sorts?” says linguist and translator Caetano Galindo, author of Latim em Pó, a history of Brazilian Portuguese. “You look deeper into things and you find you have to wrap your mind around a very different reality.”

Content note: this episode discusses the enslavement of African people.


  • Caetano features in the new documentary Nossa pátria está onde somos amados (Our Country is the Place where We Are Loved) which is rather beautiful.

  • He would also like to direct your attention to the album Lingua by Tom Zé.

  • Listen to Caetano Veloso’s song ‘Lingua’.

  • Caetano (Galindo not Veloso) has appeared on the show before, talking about translating the Memory Palace in One To Another. It’s very charming.

  • More Brazillusionists, you say? Listen to the Lacuna episode, about Brazilian journalists printing fake recipes so the public knew they’d been censored.

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locorestive, (Lamb) adj: staying in one place.
[Humorously modelled on locomotive, from Latin restare, to stay still.]


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