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Language use in the Ottoman Empire and its problems, 1299-1923

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dc.contributor.author Saydam, Yelda
dc.date.accessioned 2008-06-27T09:29:42Z
dc.date.available 2008-06-27T09:29:42Z
dc.date.issued 2008-06-27T09:29:42Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/741
dc.description.abstract The Ottoman Empire, an imperial power that existed from 1299 to 1923, was one of the largest empires to rule the borders of the Mediterranean Sea. Ottoman Turkish was used especially between the 16th and 19th centuries during the Ottoman Empire. This ornamented, artificial language separated the general population from intellectual and palace elite and a communication problem followed. Although the minorities of the Ottoman Empire were free to use their language amongst themselves, if they needed to communicate with the government they had to use Ottoman Turkish. This thesis explains these language differences and the resulting problems they created during the Empire. Examples of original correspondence are used to highlight the communication differences and the difficulties that ensured. From this study, the author concludes that Ottoman Turkish was not a separate language from Turkish; instead, it was a variation of Turkish in inexistence for approximately 600 years. en
dc.description.sponsorship Prof. B. Hendrickx Dr. A. Dockrat en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Turkey en
dc.subject Turkish history en
dc.subject Ottoman Empire, 1288-1918 en
dc.subject Turkish language history en
dc.title Language use in the Ottoman Empire and its problems, 1299-1923 en
dc.type Thesis en

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