Publication details [#56414]

Fernandes, Desmond. 2012. Modernity and the linguistic genocide of Kurds in Turkey. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 217 : 75–98.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This study argues that Kurds' linguistic/cultural and physical genocide in Turkey over the past eight and a half decades, directly resulted from the Kemalist/Ataturkist modernity project. Language policy – which has defended linguistic imperialism alongside linguistic genocide – has constituted a critical instrument for the generation of the modern Turkish nation-state.