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
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.
Throughout the Kurdish history, the independent scholars and groups have played a seminal role in directing the nation in the struggle for political and/or cultural rights. Their impact, in fact, has been crucial in the turbulent history of the Kurdish nation. Among the most significant of these was the movement to standardize Kurdish language and alphabet in the 1920's.
Ew taybetmendíyaney debine hoy ewey ferhengék be ferhengékí cak binasín u le hellsengandin da jégayekí berzí pé bideyn, kamanen? Lewaneye kodengíyekí réjheyí le ser em taybetmendíyaney xuwarewe le néw xuwéneranda hebét:
"Only the Turkish nation has the privilege of demanding national rights in this country. There is no possibility that other ethnic groups' demands for such a right will be recognized. There is no need to hide the truth. The Turks are the sole owners and the sole notables of this country. Those who are not of Turkish origin have only one right: to serve and to be the slaves without question, of the noble Turkish nation."
Institute for War & Peace Reporting, 1-Oct-09
An investigative report by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, IWPR, has revealed a growing language gap between Arab and Kurdish Iraqis – reflecting a rift that the United States says is the biggest long-term threat to the stability of the country.
Núsíní: Professor Peter Trudgill
Wergérran le ínglísíyewe:Hesené Qazí
zimannasí Birítaníyayí Grev Corbett, le kitébekey da lemerr jínsí zimaní, basí péwendíyekí ta radeyek cawrrakésh deka le néwan jínsí rézimaní u jínsí ínsaní le zimaní Lehístaní da.Le zimaní Lehístaní da, jíyawazíyekí rézimaní heye le doxí ko da le serékewe le néwan ínsaní nér, u le serékí díkewe, ínsaní mé, ajhell u shitan da. Ew dellé: 'ewe wédecé dabeshbúnékí be taybetí jínsíyetí bé', u le rastíshda waye.
The new academic year kicked off yesterday for around 15 million students and 650,000 teachers. Education Minister Nimet Çubukçu gave the country's first lecture devoted to democracy and discrimination at a school in İstanbul. Education experts welcomed the move but underlined that Turkey has a long way to go in its fight against discrimination.
ANKARA, Sept 23, 2009 (AFP) — A Turkish national theatre will break a longheld taboo and for the first time speak some dialogue in the Kurdish language, which used to be banned, Anatolia news agency reported Tuesday.
The play entitled "Long live death", by well-known Turkish writer Orhan Asena, deals with vendettas and so-called "honour crimes", centuries-old traditions particularly in the mainly Kurdish southeast of the country, the agency said.
A book by Joshua A. Fishman
It is unclear whether Arab nationalism is founded on Islam on hostility to the West (or more particularly to Israel or on culture, history, and myths, which are expressed primarily in the Arabic language. There ere many Arab nationalists who are Christian but who speak Arabic (in fact, one of the earliest proponents of modern Arab nationalism, George Antonius, was a Christian). Arabic is the classic vehicle in which Islam, a major ingredient of Arab nationalism, is expressed. However, language is obviously not enough. For if it were, there would be no specifically Syrian, Egyptian, or Palestinian nations, and there would he no inter-Arab conflicts.
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London offers North Kurdish (Kurmanji) for beginner. If you are interested in learning North Kurdish, please apply now.
North Kurdish (Kurmanji) Beginners Course
A one-year course in beginners spoken and written North Kurdish, at SOAS Language Centre in London