Year 2017, Volume 2 , Issue 2, Pages 143 - 158 2017-08-21

An Ethnolinguistic Portrayal of the Arabic-Speaking Orthodox Christian Community of Antakya, Turkey
An Ethnolinguistic Portrayal of the Arabic-Speaking Orthodox Christian Community of Antakya, Turkey

Özgür Köse [1] , H. Sezgi Saraç [2] , Arda ARIKAN [3]


Results of the last census in Turkey showed that the total number of Arabic speaking population was 1.20% that is 5% less than the results of the 1960 census. One third of all Arabic speakers in Turkey reside in Antakya (Antioch). Although the population of the Arabic speaking communities in Turkey is in decline, research is needed to understand to what extent such linguistic change occurs. Hence, the purpose of this study is to study the status of the use of Arabic among Arabic-Speaking Orthodox community of Antakya while investigating the factors contributing to a possible shift from Arabic to Turkish. Fifty members of an Orthodox Christian Church established in Antakya participated in the study by answering a five-point Likert scale that was translated into Turkish and Arabic and was given to the participants in both languages. Results show that almost all participants find their reading and writing skills in Arabic weak or very weak and participants’ language skills in Turkish have started to be stronger across all generations as younger generations use Arabic less successfully. Results also imply that Arabic language is threatened rather than it is well maintained when our results are considered from an intergenerational perspective.   


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Journal Section Articles
Authors

Author: Özgür Köse

Author: H. Sezgi Saraç

Orcid: 0000-0002-2727-1084
Author: Arda ARIKAN
Country: Turkey


Dates

Publication Date : August 21, 2017

Bibtex @research article { jms317222, journal = {The Journal of Mesopotamian Studies}, issn = {2147-6659}, eissn = {2147-6659}, address = {Türkiye'de Yaşayan Diller Enstitüsü Rektörlük Ek Bina Yenişehir Yerleşkesi Artuklu/ MARDİN}, publisher = {Mardin Artuklu University}, year = {2017}, volume = {2}, pages = {143 - 158}, doi = {}, title = {An Ethnolinguistic Portrayal of the Arabic-Speaking Orthodox Christian Community of Antakya, Turkey}, key = {cite}, author = {Köse, Özgür and Saraç, H. Sezgi and ARIKAN, Arda} }
APA Köse, Ö , Saraç, H , ARIKAN, A . (2017). An Ethnolinguistic Portrayal of the Arabic-Speaking Orthodox Christian Community of Antakya, Turkey. The Journal of Mesopotamian Studies , 2 (2) , 143-158 . Retrieved from http://jms.artuklu.edu.tr/en/issue/28128/317222
MLA Köse, Ö , Saraç, H , ARIKAN, A . "An Ethnolinguistic Portrayal of the Arabic-Speaking Orthodox Christian Community of Antakya, Turkey". The Journal of Mesopotamian Studies 2 (2017 ): 143-158 <http://jms.artuklu.edu.tr/en/issue/28128/317222>
Chicago Köse, Ö , Saraç, H , ARIKAN, A . "An Ethnolinguistic Portrayal of the Arabic-Speaking Orthodox Christian Community of Antakya, Turkey". The Journal of Mesopotamian Studies 2 (2017 ): 143-158
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ISNAD Köse, Özgür , Saraç, H. Sezgi , ARIKAN, Arda . "An Ethnolinguistic Portrayal of the Arabic-Speaking Orthodox Christian Community of Antakya, Turkey". The Journal of Mesopotamian Studies 2 / 2 (August 2017): 143-158 .
AMA Köse Ö , Saraç H , ARIKAN A . An Ethnolinguistic Portrayal of the Arabic-Speaking Orthodox Christian Community of Antakya, Turkey. JMS - The Journal of Mesopotamian Studies. 2017; 2(2): 143-158.
Vancouver Köse Ö , Saraç H , ARIKAN A . An Ethnolinguistic Portrayal of the Arabic-Speaking Orthodox Christian Community of Antakya, Turkey. The Journal of Mesopotamian Studies. 2017; 2(2): 158-143.