Políticas linguísticas na educação de surdos em Portugal

Translated title of the contribution: Linguistic policies in deaf education in Portugal

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In this article, we intend to draw a historical outline of the linguistic policies adopted in Portugal since the education of the deaf became known. Portugal, complying with the decisions taken at the Milan Congress (1880), practiced, for many years, a linguistic policy that interfered in the education of the deaf, taking into account the predominance of oralism over the sign language. This attitude of linguistic policy was only changed in the 1990s, when in the Portuguese constitution the Portuguese Sign Language (hereinafter LGP) was recognized in 1997 as the language of education of the deaf. Since then, linguistic policies on bilingualism have predominated and had a very positive impact on the education of the deaf and on access to higher education and advanced degrees. This article will reflect on the linguistic policies adopted in Portugal, interweaving with its reflection in the history of deaf education in the world and in Portugal.
Translated title of the contributionLinguistic policies in deaf education in Portugal
Original languagePortuguese
Number of pages11
JournalEducação Unisinos
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2020


  • History of deaf education in Portugal
  • Educational and linguistic policies and deafness


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