A 2006 study by Meltem Ahıska and Zafer Yenal analyzed the deformation of Turkish in “Where is the Turkish Language headed?”, one of the article from the book The Person You Have Called Cannot Be Reached At The Moment: Representations of Life Styles in Turkey 1980- 2005. They concentrate on evolution process of the Turkish language with multiple perspectives. Initially, they discuss the historical and political process of the Turkish language then they focus on spoken language and slangs, in the end they criticize how the media uses language and they make some predictions about the future of the Turkish language.
Debates about the Turkish language are not a current topic. Westernization of language has been just a part of the Turkish Republic’s modernization movement. Both men of letters, scholars and governors of state worked on this issue. The Turkish Language Association (Türk Dil Kurumu) was founded by Atatürk’s directive in 1932. The Turkish Language Associat...
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...er to politicians, have adopted a style of speech highly colored with slang” (55). This quotation represents how hazardous position the Turkish language headed.
Eventually, the originality of the Turkish language is fading away day by day. The Turkish language has been trying to construct original manner, but it challenges various problems such as political, historical and cultural. For these reasons the Turkish language struggles on finding right direction. If Turkish people and authorities understand the significance of mother language, they may get over with this trouble.
Ahıska, Meltem, and Zafer Yenal. "Where is the Turkish Language Headed?" The Person You Have Called Cannot Be Reached at the Moment: Representations of Life Styles in Turkey 1980-2005. Istanbul: Ottoman Bank Archives and Research Center Press, 2006. Print.
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