The Use of Linguistic Patterns in Turkish Newspapers Published in the Federal Republic of Germany

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BILIG, no.70, pp.81-104, 2014 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.12995/bilig.2014.7004
  • Journal Name: BILIG
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.81-104
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Turkish speakers living in Germany have quite a heterogeneous linguistic background in Turkish, and the immigrant language is usually influenced by German; therefore, Turkish immigrants may tend to choose different words in their daily language than Turkish speakers in Turkey. Some linguistic elements are copied from German into Turkish. This linguistic evolution is quite relevant for contact language researchers. A number of Turkish daily newspapers have been published in Germany for a long time. In this study, the European pages of the newspapers titled Zaman and Hurr, issued between 1-30 June 2010, have been examined. It was determined that the use of the Turkish language might be slightly different from the Turkish spoken in Turkey. Some of the issues which are covered in this study are: the use of colours as cultural symbols, the use of German words, the use of plural suffixes, commonly used foreign words, metaphorical language, uncommon use of expressions based on translation, and translation mistakes.