Researching and teaching Tuvan language in Turkey: A concise history

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Ölmez M.

New Research of Tuva, vol.2018, no.1, pp.61-70, 2018 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 2018 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.25178/nit.2018.1.5
  • Journal Name: New Research of Tuva
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.61-70
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No


© 2018 New Reaearch of Tuva. All rights reserved.The earliest studies of Tuvan language in Turkey go back to A. C. Emre's grammar (1949). Emre was the first scholar in Turkey to do a comparative study of phonetics of Turkic languages. The 1960s saw the publication of S.I. Çağatay's studies in Turkology. The first classes of Tuvan language in Turkey were offered in the 1980s by Prof. Dr. Talat Tekin at Hacettepe University. The author of the article was Dr. Tekin's student and studied Tuvan in 1986-1987 while on a post-graduate program. Relying on the works of Soviet researchers, the author published articles on historical phonetics and archaic aspects of Tuvan language. In 2007, the author compiled “A Wordlist of Tuvan Language” (over 4500 entries), wherein he traced the lexical links between Old Turkic and Tuvan languages and described the influence that Mongolian language had on Tuvan vocabulary. In 2009, the author published a collection of 100 Tuvan proverbs. All of these publications were prepared after the author's research work in Tuva, including the library of the Tuvan Institute for the Humanities. Since the 2000s, the author has been teaching Tuvan. He was the supervisor of A. Ş. Usta (Findik)'s Master's and Doctor's dissertations and of H. Aras's Master's thesis. Besides Hacettepe University, two more institutions now offer classes of Tuvan and do research in the language - Ankara University and Gazi University. In addition to the departments of modern Turkic languages and literatures, those of Turkish language and literature now also offer programs in Tuvan language. The author believes that research in Tuvan language and studying it in Turkey will gain wider traction in Turkey and attract ever more interest from both learners and scholars.