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Second International Conference on

Variation and Change
in Kurdish

Department of Kurdish Language und Culture
Institute of Living Languages
Mardin Artuklu University, Mardin, Turkey

8th – 9th October 2014

Ergin Öpengin University of Bamberg
Songül Gündoğdu University of Boğaziçi, Turkey
Behrooz Shojai Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey
Background and Aims

The last two decades have witnessed a rapid increase in interest for the Kurdish language, within both academia in the narrow sense and in the fields of educational policies, and in Kurdish arts and literatures. Although a number of important advances have been made in all these areas, within Kurdish linguistics, there remains a persistent lack of theoretically informed and empirically grounded research on actual language usage, and the various dimensions of variation within the Kurdish speech community: regional, age-based, gender-based, attitudinal, or socio-economically motivated. Likewise, there have been few serious attempts at relating synchronic variation to diachronic change.

This conference aims to bring together scholars working on different varieties of Kurdish and neighbouring languages who share an awareness and appreciation of variation as pivotal in the analysis of contemporary Kurdish and in reconstructing its historical development.


The conference will take place in the Vali Koçaklar Salonu (Rectorate Building) at Mardin Artuklu University.