"If we lose our language, we lose everything."
Along with studying languages I am very interested in the history, politics, and identity issues related to language learning. These articles about the Kurdish language struck me pretty hard as I come from an ethnic group that has also experienced historical deterritorialization, and efforts to denigrate native language usage. For anyone else interested in such topics I've linked to some recent articles...
"'If we lose our language, we lose everything': the politics of the Kurdish language in Turkey":
"Policies of Arabization, Turkization, and Iranization couldn't eliminate the Kurdish language and culture."
Kurdish language revived in Syria after decades of ban:
The sad state of Kurdish language in Turkey:
This is amazing. Being a person who interacts with Kurds on a daily basis, I am proud to see these people fighting to preserve their rights to their own language and culture.
Yes, this really inspired me too. It also gave me alot of insight into the many Kurdish people I met in Turkey. It broke my heart how they all would hide at first that they were Kurdish.
Thanks a lot for your post tnel1! As a Kurd and a native Kurdish speaker, I'm so sad that some families give up speaking Kurdish just because their children will have -as they think- a better future (And this is not just among Kurds but also among other ethnics that are minorities). Unfortunately this is somehow inevitable. On the other hand, fortunately Kurdish people can't just let the language and culture melt down and go away. For example, here in Javanrud, a city in Iran, you see all the people wearing the traditional costume and speak Kurdish. And finally teaching and studying Kurdish is something that I personally do not consider a threat and I hope every nation and ethnic group can have the rights to value its culture.
Hi soroush94, I was hoping to hear your thoughts on this! :) Thanks so much for dropping by!
I think it is a very true statement, though - language and culture are often very deeply intertwined. Remove the former, and the latter starts to decay...
Hi, I'm studying Turkish, but hopefully some day Kurdish will be on here as well. :)
The Kurdish language ad culture are a long way away from being wiped out. There's about 30 million of them in the world today and they have a strong sense of patriotism and a relatively stable de-facto state. If the people didn't care as much about their culture and identity it would be at much greater risk (Belarusian people are far more likely to speak Russian than their own language). The Kurds are a leading force in the fight against ISIS right now, and the more ground they gain, the more likely they are to come away from all of this with their own state.
i think that the people banning kurdish must be very mean.I want kurdish to be popular like English.Thanks for posting such a nice article