Tag: turkey

Protection for Turkey’s ‘Bird Language’

The whistled “bird language” used by small groups of Black Sea villagers in remote northern Turkey has joined a UNESCO list of endangered languages in need of “urgent safeguarding.” Around 10,000 people, mostly from the district of Çanakçı in the province of Giresun, currently use and understand the language, according to UNESCO. Initially developed to allow people to communicate across steep...

Views on Turkey’s Educator Purge

Last month, Language Magazine published an article outlining the draconian measures being taken by the Turkish government against teachers in the wake of the failed coup attempt. Now, the Middle East Studies Association of North America has called for Turkey’s government to end “moves to dismantle much of the structure of Turkish higher education through purges, restrictions, and assertions...
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