Turkish Linguists against the West: The Origins of Linguistic Nationalism in Atatürk's Turkey

  title={Turkish Linguists against the West: The Origins of Linguistic Nationalism in Atat{\"u}rk's Turkey},
  author={Ilker Ayt{\"u}rk},
  journal={Middle Eastern Studies},
  pages={1 - 25}
  • I. Aytürk
  • Published 1 November 2004
  • Sociology
  • Middle Eastern Studies
In the transformation from the defunct Ottoman Empire to the Republic of Turkey, the official imperial language, Ottoman Turkish, represented an undesired past in the eyes of the Turkish nationalists. Just as the Ottoman Empire was an assembly of many ethnic groups, Ottoman Turkish was a conglomeration of Turkish, Arabic and Persian with some Italian, Greek, Armenian and other European elements, and was written using Arabic characters.' Ottoman Turkish was not, therefore, palatable for the… 
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