Construindo Uma Nova Noção Pública Sobre O Multilinguismo

Translated title of the contribution: Building A New Public Idea About Multilingualism

David Gramling

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Now nearly 20 years ago, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and during her Presidency of the Modern Language Association of America, the Latin Americanist Mary Louise Pratt penned and published an essay on “Building a New Public Idea about Language.” Looking around a linguistically diverse United States in the new twenty-first century, she asked “What’s wrong with this linguistic picture?” Proposition 227 in the US State of California had all but eliminated bilingual public education in 1998, and the young people she met, whose “lives had producted strong incentives for them to learn and use other languages [than English,…] were almost entirely on their own” (111) in a country that continued to earn its nickname as a cementerio de lenguas (ibid). Pratt’s prompt to academics, that we need to build “a new public idea about language” was in fact intended more expansively, as she specified further, to build a new public idea about “language, language learning, multilingualism, and citizenship” (112) and to “rediscover […] the pleasures and pains of living multilingually” in “a country linguistically unequipped to apprehend its geopolitical situation.”

Translated title of the contributionBuilding A New Public Idea About Multilingualism
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)15-32
Number of pages18
JournalCadernos de Traducao
StatePublished - Jul 17 2020


  • Applied Linguistics
  • Language
  • Multilingualism
  • Public
  • Translation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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