Hugo Cardoso, a linguist, graduated from the University of Coimbra and obtained his PhD from the University of Amsterdam, and has been involved in the study of the Portuguese-based creole languages of Asia since 2004. His research focused originally on the Creole of Diu, among which community he conducted fieldwork for about a year. During that time, he also had the opportunity to prospect the southern states of India, having identified groups of speakers in Kerala, where he collected data he is now preparing to process and publish. Since 2009, he has carried out his research on these topics at the Research Centre for Luso-Asian Studies, a division of the Portuguese Department of the University of Macau. He is currently teaching at this university as well as the University of Hong Kong.

Selected publications:

  • 2009 The Indo-Portuguese language of Diu. Utrecht: LOT.
  • 2009 (editor, Umberto Ansaldo) Accounting for commonalities among the Portuguese-lexified creoles of Asia. Special number of the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics 8: 2.
  • 2009 (editor, with Selbach, Rachel, & Margot van den Berg (eds.) Gradual creolization; Studies celebrating Jacques Arends. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Recent articles

  • 2001 O cancioneiro das comunidades norteiras: língua, fontes e tradição. Camões – Revista de Letras e Culturas Lusófonas 20: 105-123. .
  • 2010 The African slave population of Portuguese India: Demographics and impact on Indo-Portuguese. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, 25(1): 95-119.
  • 2010 Retenções quinhentistas no crioulo indo-português de Diu. In A China, Macau e os Países de Língua Portuguesa – XX Encontro da Associação das Universidades de Língua Portuguesa, pp. 107-117.
  • 2008 Jacques Arends’ model of gradual creolization. In Rachel Selbach, Hugo Cardoso & Margot van den Berg (eds.), Gradual creolization; Studies celebrating Jacques Arends, 13-23. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
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Exploring Colonial Anthropologies

  • The presence of the Portuguese in Timor, a small island at the end of the Lesser Sunda Islands chain, dates from the mid-sixteenth century. For the next 250 years, Portuguese Catholic missionaries, soldiers, traders, officials, governors, scientists, and military became regular company of the Timorese populations. First based in Lifau (Oecusse), and since 1769 based in Dilly, the Portuguese claimed sovereignty and exercised colonial government over the Eastern half of the island. Today’s nation Republic of Timor-Leste, went by the name of ‘Portuguese Timor’, a colonial province of Portugal, until the Indonesian occupation in 1975. Throughout this long colonial period a great and rich variety of published and unpublished documents was produced by colonial agents.

    From manuscript letters to administrative reports, travelogues, journal articles, or book-length texts, the Portuguese colonial archives offer an abundant field of important material about the past and present of the bodies, languages, and cultures of Timor-Leste peoples. It is this varied and complex colonial material on the history and anthropology of Timor that this research project aims at revealing, exploring, and critically analyze.

    In engaging with these archives, we are concerned not just with how they illuminate former anthropological understandings and colonial encounters between Indigenous and Europeans; we also aim at exploring how they shape current understandings and might help the creation of a post-colonial moment for the history and anthropology of Timor-Leste.

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