Revista Lusófona de Educação
versão impressa ISSN 1645-7250
SOUSA, Óscar C. de. The Chalenge of the Lusofonia: various manners of speech, one single code of writing. Rev. Lusófona de Educação [online]. 2010, n.16, pp. 39-46. ISSN 1645-7250.
When the Orthographic agreement involving all Portuguese speaking nations is presently in use it continues to be necessary to clarify the nature of the oral and written codes in languages in general. They represent two very different realities: speaking is an acquisition supported biologically, a human prerogative when immersed in a community of speakers; writing is a cultural construct that aims to exceed the limits of time and space, characteristics associated to orality, and add to the same, dimensions of elaboration and rigour that requires instruction. There is no obligation for writing to follow the evolution of speech. In their essence and functions, they are distinct codes, therefore, nothing prevents that to different manners of speech matches a single written code.
Palavras-chave : Portuguese language; orality; writing; manners of speech; Orthographic Agreement.