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2017 Will be “Turkish Language Year”

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With the campaign to be carried ı out under the auspices of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, year 2017 was declared as “Turkish Language Year”. 

Within the scope of this campaign, it is anticipated to carry out activities to encourage speaking Turkish correctly and well in the private sector, non-governmental organizations and media organs, mainly in public institutions and organizations, and to realize a number of scientific, cultural and artistic activities. According to the statement, the activities to be held throughout the year under the leadership of Atatürk Supreme Council of Culture, Language and History and the Turkish Language Society, will be carried out with the title “Our Language Our Identity”


With declaration of 2017 as “Turkish Language Year” following the campaign, it is aimed to encourage correct usage of Turkish language, to prevent degeneration of language encountered in the names of businesses and venues, and use of foreign words despite there are corresponding Turkish words, and to overcome negativities that arise with sloppy Turkish people use on social media. Various cultural, artistic and scientific activities will be carried out across Turkey by public institutions and organizations in order to raise an established language awareness and sensitivity among the public. It will be ensured that the society, especially the youth and media will become aware of the importance of using Turkish language well, correctly, finely abiding by grammar rules.


In the speech he made at the 2016 Presidential Culture and Art Grand Awards Ceremony, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan marked that Turkey is full of historical success stories in the last 14 years in infrastructure, economy, foreign politics and health fields however they could not reach the desired level in fields of education, culture and art. Erdoğan said, “It is not possible for a country underdeveloped in culture and arts, to be independent in the real sense, to at least maintain its independence. There is a lot of distance we need to cover not only in introducing new values, but in explaining the assets we have on a global level and in ensuring that large masses are familiar with and influenced by these.”

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