• 21st Century Ottoman: The Ottoman Turkish Linguistic Revival in Digital Affinity Spaces

    Author(s):
    Matthew Chovanec (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Digital communication, Political communication, Turkish language
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    language ideology
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6FZ0T
    Abstract:
    In 2014, the Turkish National Education Council recommending teaching Ottoman Turkish as a mandatory subject in all high schools. Since that time, this historical register of the Turkish language has been making a popular comeback. This is especially true online, where participants are creating and sharing new content written in Ottoman. This article examines evidence of the revival of Ottoman Turkish in digital “affinity spaces” in order to show it is not only being excavated, but is developing independently from its own historical past. In taking into consideration new calligraphic styles, the political and cultural subtext of memes, and the rewriting of modern Turkish back into the Ottoman lexicon, this paper will identify the form of Ottoman emerging in digital spaces as a unique new iteration of the language.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 months ago
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    Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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