Turkish Sign Language grammar published
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.
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.