Turkey’s endangered languages

Eighteen languages in Turkey are currently listed as endangered, vulnerable, or have become extinct, according to UNESCO. This is a result of decades of government policies that have not put other languages on an equal footing with Turkish, the first language of around 80 percent of the population. The history of forced Turkification targeting non-Turkish [...]

By |2020-03-01T18:41:15+00:00March 1st, 2020|Language, Turkey|0 Comments

Turkey’s language activists keep Armenian dialect alive in music, literature

His most recent album sung in Homshetsi can be taken as an SOS call, says Hikmet Akcicek. The tongue, a northwestern dialect of Western Armenian, is one of 15 endangered languages spoken in Turkey — and Akcicek’s band Vova means to keep it alive. The cover of the band's July record, “Garmi Doc” (“Red Truck” [...]

By |2020-02-24T13:40:51+00:00February 24th, 2020|Armenian language, Dialect, Language, Turkey|0 Comments

In A Turkish Village, A Conversation With Whistles, Not Words

In a remote mountain village high above Turkey's Black Sea coast, there are villagers who still communicate across valleys by whistling. Not just whistling as in a non-verbal, "Hey, you!" But actually using what they call their "bird language," Turkish words expressed as a series of piercing whistles. The village is Kuskoy, and it's inhabited [...]

By |2015-09-28T13:09:06+00:00September 28th, 2015|Brain, Endangered Languages, Turkey, Whistle language|0 Comments