Endangered languages

Turkey’s language activists keep Armenian dialect alive in music, literature

Cultural activists are struggling to keep Homshetsi, a western Armenian dialect spoken in northern Turkey, alive through music and literature.

Nimet Kirac | Endangered languages | Feb 23, 2020
al-monitor A Homshetsi woman in a traditional red costume speaks on the phone at the Gito Plains near Hopa, Turkey, in this image taken in June 2019. Photo by Nimet Kirac.

Small Istanbul publisher sustains Armenian literature

Aras Publishing has spent nearly three decades publishing forgotten classics by Armenian writers in both Turkish and the at-risk Western Armenian language.

Ayla Jean Yackley | Ethnic/Religious Minorities | Feb 10, 2020

Teacher translates Quran to save endangered Kurdish dialect

The Kurdish dialect of Hawrami is on the path to extinction, according to UNESCO.

Dana Taib Menmy | Endangered languages | Jan 31, 2020

Birzeit bans ‘military’ events, sparking student protests

Birzeit University students are challenging the school's administration over what it says is the "militarization" of their activities on campus.

Ahmad Melhem | Endangered languages | Dec 30, 2019

Oman’s national unity racks up high cultural costs as local languages fall silent

Oman's rich linguistic diversity is dwindling after fifty years of domination by Arabic as the language of education, trade and official correspondence.

Sebastian Castelier | Endangered languages | Nov 6, 2019