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Sheyholislami, Jaffer. 2010. Identity, language, and new media: the Kurdish case. Language Policy 9 (4) : 289–312.
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Language as a subject
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This study demonstrates that Kurdish satellite television and Internet use have increased the symbolic role of the Kurdish language in defining Kurdishness. It enables Kurds from various regions and all strands of life to discuss cultural, social and political ideas and issues publicly and dialogically, and to (re)construct their identities discursively with relative freedom and ease. But whereas satellite television appears to foster mutual intelligibility among the speakers of different Kurdish language varieties, the Internet appears to further diversify the language across alphabet and regional lines.