An Ascending Minority Language, Kurdish: A Case Study

Ahmet Kose


This study examines Kurdish language and its related problems that belong to the largest community as one of the minority groups after the declaration of Republic until late at this century. This paper also studies and points out the so called “oppressive policy” of the previous governments towards its minority groups. And further it discussed issues related to language ethnicity and assimilation based on data collected from interviews with three Kurdish students studying in London. Turkish is used as the medium of communication on their preference. Names have been changed in the text to protect anonymity, they are given other than real names. The participants come from Eastern Turkey where majority of Kurdish population dwell. This article also will demonstrate a linguistic perspective on minority language rights, language change and language shift in Turkey. However, this paper raises an awareness of cultural and ethnical prospect towards language use. Empirically, this work is aimed to uncover what is hidden and kept away from the minds through primary and secondary sources.


Minority, ethnicities, cultures and languages

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