Research topic: Turkish

Turkish, the national language of Turkey, is spoken by approximately 70 million people and, together with Azeri and Turkoman, belongs to the southwestern branch of the Turkic language family.

Turkic languages, which are traditionally spoken over a large area from the Aegean Sea in the west to Siberia in the east, originate in the eastern part of Central Asia. Religious and cultural conditions have contributed to a strong element of Arabic and Persian words in most Turkic languages

In the Turkish of modern Turkey, which has been written with the Roman alphabet since 1928, this foreign element has been considerably reduced compared with the eastern Turkic languages and Ottoman Turkish, the former written language of Turkey.

Besides its intrinsic value as a fascinating language with a completely unique structure, Turkish is also a natural gateway to an understanding of Turkic languages in the former Soviet Union, an area which is of growing international interest as an area of economic investment.

Moreover, Turkey has an exciting modern literature and culture, which is strongly characterized by the fact that Turkey has served as a bridge between East and West since time immemorial.

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Published Feb. 5, 2013 12:40 PM - Last modified Nov. 22, 2017 2:48 PM