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Scholarships for Language Study

Gilman Awards

Over 1,200 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. Undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply.

Kurdish literature revives in Turkey, writers say

By Sarah Marsh, Reuters, Sun Oct 19, 2008

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Turkey's inclusion of the Kurdish literary community in its cultural program at the world's biggest book fair this week was hailed as a "revolution" by Kurdish writers this weekend.

Army to Activate First Company of Native Linguists-Turned-Soldiers

By John J. Kruzel, American Forces Press Service , 16.10.2008

Oct. 15, 2008 - The Army will activate its first company of native linguists-turned-soldiers next week to act as interpreters and translators, representing a new phase in the service's reinvigorated approach to foreign language. This unit of "heritage speakers" -- known as the 51st Tico Company -- comprises members of the service's most recently added Military occupational specialty, 09L, referred to as "09 Limas." In addition to holding the Army's newest job, this cadre of native linguists trained at Fort Irwin, Calif., also reflects a change in Army recruiting strategy.

Open letter to the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey: Begin with European nationality politics, Mr. Erdogan!

Open letter to the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Göttingen, 7th October 2008
Begin with European nationality politics – Equal rights for Kurdish language and culture!

Turkey at the Crossroad, the Long Path to 'Avrupa'

By Dietmar Pieper, The Spiegel, 14th Oct 2008

Turkey's push towards Europe, a drive that is older than the country itself, has long to helped to hold the internally divided country together.

Editor's Note: The Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event, opened its doors for its 60th year on Tuesday. Close to 7,400 exhibitors from 100 countries are presenting literature at the event, including 3,300 German publishers. This year's guest country is Turkey, which is represented by 165 publishing houses. This week, SPIEGEL ONLINE will run a series of features and interviews about Turkey in conjunction with the book fair opening.

Insulting Kurdishness (and even more than that)

Mustafa Akyol, TDN, October 4, 2008

As you would have known, “insulting Turkishness” has long been a criminal offence in the Turkish Republic. But this lovely republic, which is so eager to uphold the honor of Turkish identity, hardly cares about other groups. “Armenianness” or “Greekness,” if you will, has often been humiliated by officials and the civil likeminded. And so has Kurdishness. This ethnic identity, to which 12 to 15 percent of Turkish citizens subscribe, has been not just banned but, also, repeatedly insulted by the official ideology. The Kurdish people were denigrated as “a bunch of tribes,” their language was defined as “primitive,” and their history was mocked. The only good Kurd, in this mindset, was the Turkified one.

Occitan, Welsh, Sard. (and the French)

It's quite remarkable that the French, so anxious to preserve French Culture and Language from the baleful influence of the 'Anglo-Saxons' (that's us and the cousins) have with the incredible hypocrisy you can only expect from them, persecuted their minorities and their languages for centuries. Conscious of the Celtic Tigers, they treat Breton with a little more respect nowadays, but Occitan the most attractive of the Latin languages, is treated with scant regard.

Occitan, along with Kurdish and Catalan is an important indo-european language, that lacking a nation state, has been in long term decline.

Banned Books and Censorship in Turkey

"Did you ever hear anyone say 'That work had better be banned because I might read it and it might be very damaging to me'?"   ~ Joseph Henry Jackson.

It's Banned Books Week in America, something of which I'm rather fond. What is Banned Books Week? Is that where everyone goes around banning books or lighting bonfires and burning them? Quite the contrary. Read on:

Turkish municipalities to correspond in Kurdish

The municipalities from Turkey's pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) are preparing to exchange official letters in Kurdish as part of a campaign calling for the right to education in mother language in the Turkish Constitution, a Turkish newspaper reported on Friday.

Kurdish university in N. Iraq opens Turkish language department

Dr. Mohammad SadikThe Kurdish administration in northern Iraq has initiated the establishment of a Turkish language department at Salahaddin University in Arbil, in an apparent gesture to Turkey.

The Turkish language department is being headed by Assistant Professor Ramazan Çakır of Turkey, and three of the total staff of six are Turks. The department, which is expected to become a bridge of dialogue between Iraqi Kurds and Turkey, will begin offering courses in the 2008-2009 school year.

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