The project "Interactive map of Minde" is a multimedia, interactive, trilingual (Minderico, Portuguese and English) map of Minde, which has Minderico in foreground and combines information in the form of photos, text, sound and/or video of the several (private and public) institutions, public spaces, shops, restaurants, cafés, and facilities existing in Minde, including a documentation of their traditional products and working methods.
The map also has a linguistic guide with Minderico expressions and vocabulary used and/or expected in the several locations, together with corresponding sound files that will be recorded during the work with language consultants. All the information in the linguistic guide is translated into Portuguese and English. This map is freely available online at CIDLeS website. On the one hand, the interaction between the guide and the map represents a new and innovative way of correlating a language with its socio-economic and cultural environment. It allows a didactic contextualization of Minderico, which makes this map an important and powerful tool for language teaching.
Click on a marker to start exploring the map.
Minderico (ISO code [drc], since 2011) is an Ibero-Romance endangered language spoken in Minde, Portugal. Minderico emerged at the end of the 17th century as a sociolect of the wool blanket producers and merchants of Minde. Minderico began to expand its vocabulary continuously and creatively. With the increase in vocabulary, it also extended its scope of application, and consequently its speech community. From this period on, Minderico was used by all social groups and progressed to become the everyday language in Minde. In this process, Minderico turned into a full-fledged language, totally incomprehensible for Portuguese speakers, with a very characteristic intonation and a complex morphosyntax. Today, Minderico risks becoming extinct, more than ever before in its history.