Língua Geral of São Paulo

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Língua Geral
Tupi Austral
Native to Brazil
Era 17th–18th centuries
Tupian
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog None
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The Língua Geral Paulista (São Paulo General language), or Tupí Austral (Southern Tupi), was a Tupi-based trade language of São Vicente, São Paulo, and the upper Tietê River. In the 17th century, it was widely spoken in São Paulo and spread to neighboring regions. Starting in 1750, orders from Marquis of Pombal forced Portuguese to be taught to Brazilian children in schools. Língua Geral Paulista subsequently lost ground to Portuguese and eventually became extinct.

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