Names Given to the Offspring of Animals in Modern Turkish and its Dialects

Bayraktar N.

IRAN AND THE CAUCASUS, vol.19, no.4, pp.375-385, 2015 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1163/1573384x-20150407
  • Title of Journal : IRAN AND THE CAUCASUS
  • Page Numbers: pp.375-385


The analysis revealed that the names employed for baby animals are abundant in modern Turkish and its dialects. Frequently, young animals are labelled according to their age, sex, and even whether they have given birth. A hyponymy relationship was observed in regards the groups of animals (e.g. enik "dogs and cats"; cucuk "domestic fowls"). Finally, in coining names for animal offspring, +Ak/+(V)k, a derivative suffix appeared to be frequently employed. This study presented a general tendency in Modern Turkish to name young animals.