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Turkish Sign Language grammar published

21 December, 2015

We are pleased to share that a grammar of Turkish Sign Language (Türk İşaret Dili, or TİD) was published last week. This is the first comprehensive, corpus-based description of TİD on all linguistic levels, written in Turkish with integrated videos. A result of the first-ever substantial sign language project supported by the Turkish government, the book is co-authored by our MA graduate Hasan Dikyuva along with co-authors Arık and Makaroğlu. Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Policy funded the project, which involved six months of gathering a TİD corpus from all regions of Turkey, with input from a wide range of individuals from across the Turkish deaf community as well as academics and linguists. So far 2,000 copies of the 370-page reference grammar have been released, along with an e-book.

Hasan book

Hasan Dikyuva, iSLanDS MA graduate, celebrates the release of the TİD grammar book with Prof Zeshan at the launch function in Ankara

The advisory committee for the book included iSLanDS’s director Prof Zeshan, who commented: “This is a substantial and highly impressive work that has been compiled using a deaf-led methodology. I felt inspired when meeting the team of Turkish deaf project staff in Ankara. The Ministry’s support of Turkey’s national sign language is a groundbreaking step forward and we are thrilled that the volume has benefited from Hasan’s expertise. I do hope that the Turkish government will continue to support such work.”

Please join us in congratulating Hasan, his co-authors and the deaf community of Turkey on this milestone publication.

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