KAL is an ELECTRONIC NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION (e-NGO) and has been initiated on independent volunteering bases as a global open network since 1993. Members with skills in linguistic, and information technology are sharing their thoughts around Kurdish linguistic issues. They seek information, solutions and focus on a future for better understanding of the Kurdish language. KAL is a community of people who has responded to this crucial question of our society.
"Herwekí me cend jaran gotiye yekitiya mileté kurd bi yekítiya zimané kurdí téte pé. Di yekítiya zimané de gava péshín jhí yekítiya herfan e. Yaní jhi bona nivísandina zimané miletekí divét zana ú xwendewarén wí miletí bi tevayí jhi bona zimané xwe elfabeyeké bibijhérin ú heke di wí zimaní de cand zar hene, zar hemí bi wé elfabé béne nivísandin."
"As I have noted before, the Kurdish nation will converge via a unified Kurdish language. The prerequisite of a unified Kurdish language is a unified Kurdish alphabet. This means that the Kurdish scholars and the literati need to develop a writing system that allows all speakers hailing from every Kurdish dialect to use that writing system."
Jeladet Alí Bedir Xan, Hawar, hejh 9, 1932
Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski, 03 DECEMBER 2009
The national memory stored in Poland does not include arrivals of the forefathers of the Poles from some faraway lands because apparently the national identity of the Poles was formed in the basin of the Vistula River, in the great central European lowlands in the vicinity of the steppes of Ukraine and of Russia where the original Proto Indo-European language was developed and used already some 5500 years ago.
By Farhad Shakely, The Kurdish Globe, Saturday, 22 August 2009
The history of the Kurdish people is full of examples of both oppression and resistance.
I: All those who study and deal with the history, literature and ethnography of the Kurdish people, find out, at an early stage of their work, that their tasks are hard and they have to be equipped with extra capability and patience.
Born in 1946 in Hawler, Southern Kurdistan, he studied at the Teachers Training Institute in Erbil. In 1973 he went to the former USSR where six years later, he earned a Master of Arts in pedagogy, specializing in foreign languages. In 1984 the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences awarded him a Ph.D. in Philology. From 1985 to 1990 he lectured at Alfatih University in Libya.
By Nesrin Uçarlar
The first section of this chapter provides a brief description of Kurdish intellectuals in the European diaspora as an introduction to the following two sections. The approaches of the Kurdish intelligentsia in the European diaspora towards the status planning for the Kurdish language are analysed in the second section within the framework of the relationship between language and power on the one hand, and language and resistance on the other. The third section examines the political and cultural connotations of linguistic rights for the Kurdish intelligentsia in the European diaspora within the framework of a discussion on power and resistance.
Nesrin Uçarlar a Turkish researcher presented her doctoral dissertation on “Kurdish Linguistic Rights in Turkey” to the Lund University-Sweden, Department of Political Science on 30 October 2009.
Lund University has printed this research in book form, which is the outcome of an industrious effort on the part of Ms.Uçarlar .The title of the book is: ”Between Majority Power and Minority Resistance: Kurdish Linguistic Rights in Turkey.”
By Carolyn Weaver, New York, 27 October 2009
Organizers call it "a cinema across borders," the first-ever festival of Kurdish film in the United States. The films chosen for the five-day event at New York University focused on a people widely dispersed, from those who still live in traditionally Kurdish areas in the Middle East, to Europe and North America. Across sometimes impassable barriers, they keep alive a shared language and cultural identity.
Kurdish Literature has gone through many turbulent periods. If we consider the Yarsan (Yaristan) Kurdish balladry in Gorani dialect the advent of the Kurdish Literature after Islam then we can call the third century (A.H.) a starting point of Kurdish Literature. Many poems have been composed in Gorani dialect. Beyonds this other Kurdish dialects have actively contributed to the treasures of Kurdish literature such as Hawrami Kurdish, Northern Kurdish (Kirmanj) and Mid Kurdish (Sorani). Throughout centuries Kurdish Literature has been influenced by different intellectuals and religious movements as well as neighbourings' litterateurs.
Page 12 and 13 of Issue 2, Vol. 1, 18 July 1913's original copy of Kurdish Paper Rojh Kurd (Rojhí Kurd) published by The Kurdish Student Hope Society. These pages are of particular interest to Kurdish Orthography. Although this short article can not be classified as a systematic codification attempt but some elements are important here,
The world of encoding is changing as the rapid development of computer based technology requires more efficient applications. The body of international standardisation is trying to incorporate many of first generations of character encoding such as ISO-8859-1 into a complete broader encoding set of ISO-10646 which will match better with Unicode. The Unicode is a computing industry standard allowing computers to consistently represent and manipulate text expressed in most of the world's writing systems.
THE following report, insomuch as it touches upon the life, language, and tribal history of the Kurds and the geographical features of the district, is the result of information gained during a stay of six months there. During this period the writer was disguised as a Persian for various reasons, mainly that of insuring easy access to every class of Kurd and unhampered passage through their country. In addition, the close intercourse, which alone confers familiarity with a people's language, all of which were essential to the completion of knowledge of southern Kurdish, and the acquisition of several more dialects, which were my principal aims.