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Facts About Turkish Language

Facts About Turkish Language

Turkish language. Facts about Turkish language.

Do you want to start learning Turkish language? If yes, here are some facts about the Turkish language before starting to learn Turkish:

  • Turkish is an Asian language that belongs to Altaic language family.
  • Turkish is a member of the Turkish, or Western, subgroup of the Oghuz languages, which includes Gagauz and Azeri.
  • The earliest known Turkic inscriptions are the two monumental Orkhon inscriptions found in modern Mongolia.
  • The distinctive characteristics of Turkish are vowel harmony and extensive agglutination.
  • The basic word order of Turkish is Subject Object Verb.
  • Turkish has no noun classes or grammatical gender.
  • Turkish has a strong T-V distinction and usage of honorifics.
  • Turkish uses second-person pronouns that distinguish varying levels of politeness, social distance, age, courtesy or familiarity toward the addressee.The plural second-person pronoun and verb forms are used referring to a single person out of respect. In very formal situations, double plural second-person “sizler” may be used to refer to a much-respected person.
  • The vowels of the Turkish language are, in their alphabetical order, ‹a›, ‹e›, ‹ı›, ‹i›, ‹o›, ‹ö›, ‹u›, ‹ü›. The Turkish vowel system can be considered as being three-dimensional, where vowels are characterised by three features: front and back, rounded and unrounded and vowel height.
  • There are no diphtongs in Turkish; when two vowels come together, which occurs in some Arabic loanwords, each vowel retains its individual sound. However, a slight diphthong can occur when two vowels surround a yumuşak g. For example, the word soğuk (“cold”) can be pronounced [soʊk] (resembling the English soak) by some speakers.
  • Vowel harmony is the principle by which a native Turkish word incorporates either exclusively back vowels (a, ı, o, and u) or exclusively front vowels (e, i, ö, and ü).
  • Stress is usually on the last syllable. Exceptions include some suffix combinations and loanwords, particularly from Italian and Greek, as well as interjections, adverbs, and many proper names.
  • Turkish is an agglutinative language and frequently uses affixes, and specifically suffixes, or endings. One word can have many affixes and these can also be used to create new words, such as creating a verb from a noun, or a noun from a verbal root. Most affixes indicate the grammatical function of the word.
  • The extensive use of affixes can give rise to long words. It is jokingly said that the longest Turkish word is Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdanmışsınız, meaning “You are said to be one of those that we couldn’t manage to convert to a Czechoslovak”. This example is of course contrived; but long words do frequently occur in normal Turkish, as in this heading of a newspaper obituary column: Bayramlaşamadıklarımız (Bayram [festival]-Recipr-Impot-Partic-Plur-PossPl1; “Those of our number with whom we cannot exchange the season’s greetings”).
  • There is no definite article in Turkish, but definiteness of the object is implied when the accusative ending is used. Turkish nouns decline by taking case-endings, as in Latin. There are six noun cases in Turkish, with all the endings following vowel harmony.
  • The accusative case marker is used only for definite objects; compare (bir) ağaç gördük “we saw a tree” with ağacı gördük “we saw the tree”.
  • Turkish adjectives are not declined. However most adjectives can also be used as nouns, in which case they are declined: e.g. güzel (“beautiful”) → güzeller (“(the) beautiful ones / people”).
  • Turkish verbs indicate person. They can be made negative, potential (“can”), or impotential (“cannot”). Furthermore, Turkish verbs show tense (present, past, future and aorist), mood (conditional, imperative, inferential, necessitative and optative), and aspect.
  • All Turkish verbs are conjugated in the same way, except for the irregular and defective verbs.
  • Word order in simple Turkish sentences is generally Subject Object Verb, as in Korean and Latin, but unlike English.
  • Origin of the words in Turkish vocabulary, which contains 104,481 words, of which about 86% are Turkish and 14% are of foreign origin
  • Turkish extensively uses agglutination to form new words from nouns and verbal stems. The majority of Turkish words originate from the application of derivative suffixes to a relatively small set of core vocabulary.
  • Turkish is written using a modified version of the Latin alphabet introduced in 1928 by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk to replace the Arabic-based Ottoman Turkish alphabet.

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