Dr. Muller De Quadros Lecture Summary

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Dr. Muller de Quadros lecture was an eye-opening experience into the culture of sign language in Brazil. The lecture concentrated on linguistic policies and sign language, as well as the various aspects of language planning taking place across the world. Sign language is a minority language, and is used in countries where spoken languages are used by the majority of society. The lecture addressed the roles and status ramifications relating to the societal functions of an opposition language. The lecture touched upon the impact that international and local organizations have on the linguistic policies related to sign language. The talk outlines a general view of the situations deaf society faces, and the linguistic policies and language planning taking place in Brazil. Dr. Quadros highlighted the need to modify deaf education. …show more content…
Quadros’ lecture. Libras is a growing minority language in Brazil, but Libras’s status as an official language is still being questioned. Portuguese, the official language of Brazil, is prioritized and the minority languages are blatantly ignored. A particularly interesting topic, of which Dr. Muller de Quadros pivots on the significant need for deaf education reform. In Brazil, the government decides on what recourses Libras is provided given the fact that Brazilian community’s desires do not always coincide with the language policies established by the government. The uniqueness of deaf education in Brazil, when compared to education for the hard of hearing in the United States, is remarkably intriguing. Brazil’s education system is an inclusive environment, providing the deaf community with opportunities and an acceptance of speaking or signing a language that is not necessarily native. There seems to be a genuine acceptance of minorities in Brazil, unlike the United States, where minorities are deemed as