Linguagem em (Dis)curso
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OLIVEIRA, Elismênnia Aparecida and PINTO, Joana Plaza. Languaging and epistemic counter-hegemony on language in writings by Brazilian Indians. Ling. (dis)curso (Impr.) [online]. 2011, vol.11, n.2, pp. 311-335. ISSN 1518-7632. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1518-76322011000200006.
This paper presents the results of a qualitative documentary research which discusses epistemic practices on language by indigenous authors inhabiting Brazil. Based on indigenous authors, as well as on poststructuralist and decolonialist ones, this paper confronts theirs language concepts, considering the construction of indigenous societies as the other/object, which is part of the hegemonic production of knowledge about language. We make considerations on the process of silencing of the indigenous groups, and also the process of resistance and appropriation of concepts and practices by non-indigenous, as well as the coexistence of concepts such as language, writing and identity. As a conclusion, we point to the urgent need to expand epistemological perspectives in order to deal with the co-existing discursive practices of the indigenous and the non-indigenous.
Keywords : Language; Coloniality; Epistemology; Indigenous writings.