11/4: Lecture on the Cappadocian language

On Wednesday, November 4th, Mark Janse (Research Professor in Ancient & Asia Minor Greek at Ghent University) will present a lecture on the linguistic and social history of the Cappadocian region of central Turkey, with particular attention to the complex historical interactions between Asia Minor Greek and Turkish.

The lecture will be held in 703 Hamilton, from 4pm to 6pm.

Please RSVP to Alison at culinguistics@gmail.com.

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2 Responses

  1. What a blunder indeed! Cappadocia or aka Kapadokya has never been a region of Greece, be it the modern state or the Ionian etc city states. Calling it a region under Hellenistic, Roman or Byzantine rule do not really make us count it as a region of Greece… It is an area in the Turkish Republic and the linguistic changes in question (language contact and shift) happened under the Ottoman rule, so all those other sociopolitical entities are mostly irrelevant for the discussion. Also, it is a contact language situation of over a period of time so it really does not make much sense to say “the development of the Greek language until it turned Turkish.” Is it meant “this spoken variety of Greek until it was replaced by Turkish”? I hope this rather seriously misinformative abstract is the result of a slip of pen (keyboard) by a careless writer. The text should be fixed for these two important points.

  2. Hi Murat. My apologies for the poor wording and geography – the abstract has been edited now. Professor Janse will discuss the complicated nature of the contact between Turkish and Asia Minor Greek in his lecture.

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