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extinct languages in Turkey growing by number

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Turkey was home to many now extinct languages, including the Hittite language –

the earliest Indo-European language for which written evidence exists.

Turkish is the only official language of Turkey, but it is far from the only language spoken there.

Unfortunately, many of the minority languages are on the decline.

Some, like the Laz language, are slowly but surely moving toward extinction.

Laz is a South Caucasian language that is spoken by anywhere from 200,000 to just 30,000 people in Turkey. The Laz are the descendents of the ancient Colchis empire, where Jason and the Argonauts went hunting for the Golden Fleece. 

Now, this ancient language appears to be declining. In school, children are taught in Turkish as required by law, and they speak the Laz language less and less outside house

http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2018/08/more-language-in-turky-going-extinct.html

6 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Enes_Gencturk

Kurdish people are a majority group in East-Southeast Anatolia and They are still speaking their native Language. Zazas live in East-Southeast Anatolia like Kurdish People, they are the brothers of Kurds and both of this two people speaks a close relative language.

Crimean Tatars, our northerner cousins (They are also Turkic) live in many of our cities, but the Eskişehir is a "captial city" for Crimean Tatars in Turkey.

Kirghiz People (They are also a Turkic Tribe like Crimean Tatars) live in East Anatolia, Ulupamir Village.

Azeris, Azerbaijanis or Azerbaijani Turks are live in Northeast Anatolia they are our brothers, our languages are very similiar and we can understand each others.

Some Polish people live in Polonezköy today and a very minor Germans are live in East Turkey.

Malakan people are a russian-christian religious group. (The Russia saw them as heretic and exiled them)

Native Armenians are live in Turkey, they are still believe their old religion (Coptic Christian) and speak their language.

Greek People are live in West and North Anatolia, they are not a majority today because of assimilation and migration. But most of Greeks are speak Greek language and believe Orthodox Christianity.

Albanian, Bosniak, Serbian, Croatina, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Romanian peoples are live in Turkey since 19-20th century. (Most of these people are immigrant Turks who live in these countries not native Slavs, or Albanians.)

And the Caucasian Turks, Circassians, Georgians, Chechens and other Caucasian People are migrated Turkey from Russia, they are still speak their native language and live in Turkey.

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It's not the only language in this situation. In fact, "As many as half of the world’s 7,000 languages are expected to be extinct by the end of this century; it is estimated that one language dies out every 14 days."

source: https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/04/15/dying_languages_scientists_fret_as_one_disappears_every_14_days.html

EDIT: The above statement is not to diminish the original statement. It's more evidence towards a larger problem.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TRViveLaFrance27

Thanks for post.
Yes, unfortunately. In south-east, the people(%85) can speak Kurdish. They are save their language. Now, Laz is just 'accent' in the black sea region of Turkey.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Enes_Gencturk

No, Laz is not an accent in Turkey, Laz is a different language. Today Black Sea Lazs are still speaking Laz Language but Turks in Black Sea are speaking Turkish with Black Sea accent. Here, listen and see the difference.

This is a Laz song from Turkey; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V5f3s5obq4

And this is a song with The Black Sea accent; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LhQDQadNBo

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TRViveLaFrance27

Evet, olabilir.

6 months ago
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