c. Portuguese and Bantu language sign in Mozambique Following its independence from Portugal in 1975, Mozambique changed the name of the city Vila Pery to Chimoio. Education is mainly in Portuguese but Bantu languages, a branch of the 0° Niger-Congo language family, are prevalent across the country.
Generalized Routes of Diffusion of Selected European Languages, circa 1450–1973 French Portuguese Spanish
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As suggested by this map, European colonization played a major role in the diffusion of certain European languages, including French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Today these languages still inﬂuence the linguistic geography of many countries but in varying degrees. In the Philippines, for example, Spanish was an ofﬁcial language until 1973, but English and Filipino (Tagalog) are now more widely spoken.
Language Diffusion and Globalization
Published on Sep 3, 2013