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Volume 7, Number 2
25 September 2000

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Time to Celebrate Turkish Language
September 26 is the day to celebrate the birth of the Turkish language. This year, the university has organised a panel titled Geleceğe Yönelirken Türkçe: Dilimizde Bundan Sonra Değişmeler Nasıl Olmalı (how future changes in Turkish language should be made) with prominent personalities including novelist Prof. Erendiz Atasü, Mustafa Balbay, journalist and columnist of Cumhuriyet newspaper, Dr. Ali Cengizkan, poet and faculty member of METU, and Dr. Mustafa Şerif Onaran, poet and writer. The organizers are, Professor Talat Halman, Chair of the Department of Turkish Literature, and, Dr. Rasim Özyürek, Director of Training Programs for Regional Countries. Professor Halman will direct the panel and Dr. Özyürek will attend as a panelist.

The panelists will present their views on topics such as how to improve and enrich the Turkish language, and how to make the Turkish language stronger in science and the arts. The relationship between Turkish and other languages and cultures is among the topics. The panelists will also discuss pronunciation problems in the media. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panelists in the second hour.

The panel will take place in C Block Auditorium between 3:30- 5:00 p.m. on September 26, and is open to everyone.

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