Language shift among Kurds in Turkey: A spatial and demographic analysis

Sinan Zeynelo?lu, Ibrahim Sirkeci, Yaprak Civelek

Abstract

This study explores language shift and interregional migration among Turkeys Kurdish-origin population using census data as well as TDHS data. First, the geographical retraction of the Kurdish language between 1945 and 1965 is depicted using respective censuses as data sources. Second, patterns of intergenerational language shift and the effects of migration and education on this shift are elaborated utilising 2003 TDHS data and the 2000 Census data. Interregional mobility by birth regions and language concentration across Turkey has also been mapped. The Kurdish population in Turkey appears to be on the verge of near-universal bilingualism prompting concerns about the future of the language.

ABSTRACT IN KURMANJI

Guhera zimandi nav kurdan de li Tirkiyey Nirxandineke mekandemograf

Ev xebat, bi ra tehlkirina daney serjimiyherwiha daney TDHSy dikeve pey tihi?tina guhera zimankoeriya nav-herdi nav nufa kurd-regez a Tirkiyeyde. Piy bertengba coxrafya zimankurddi navbera 1945 1965an de bi ra tehla daneyan hatiye nandan. Pa? awa qalib ziman-guheriya ji nif?ekbo nif?din tesa koerperwerdeyli ser wguherhatine nirxandin bi ra bikarana daney TDHSya 2003yan serjimiya 2000an. Herwiha, hereketa mirovan ya ji herekbo hereke din li gor hera wan a jidayikb paye belavba zimanan li seranserTirkiyeyhatiye bi nex?ekirin. Wisa diyar e ku gelkurd li Tirkiyeyli ber duzimaniyeke seranserye, ku ev yek fikaran li dor pa?eroja zimandurist dike.

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Keywords

Language shift; ethnicity; internal migration; Turkey; Kurds

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