Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gürkan Gümüşatam Announces the Importance of the Turkish Language Festival
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gürkan Gümüşatam, Head of the Department of Turkish Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Cyprus International University (CIU), made a statement on Turkish Language Day.
Gümüşatam said the first Turkish Language Congress's opening day, which is September 26th, is accepted as t Turkish Language Day, adding that in Turkey and the TRNC it is accepted as “Language Day" and he said it has been celebrated for eighty-six years concurrently in Turkey and in various regions of the Turkish World.
Gümüşatam said that under the leadership of Atatürk, modern Turkey's establishment of Turkish culture and Turkish language made significant progress in the field of education so that we return our equity. He stated that Atatürk changed the Arabic alphabet and made the Turkish language unique. Gümüşatam mentioned that with the new alphabet reading and writing can be taught more quickly and widely.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gürkan Gümüşatam stated that Atatürk established the Turkish Language Association (TDK) on 12th July, 1932 in order to free the Turkish language from the domain of other languages and to reveal its richness. Gümüşatam pointed out that Atatürk gave responsibility to experts trained in various subjects in the TDK.
Gümüşatam recalled that Atatürk, who personally followed the work of the TDK, highlighted the importance of language in state and community life in his various speeches and he reminded us that every individual should do his/her duty. Gümüşatam said “We should practice and learn Turkish in the best possible way and it is our duty to fulfil it.” He underlined that if we cannot protect our language, we will not be able to protect our homeland.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gümüşatam stated that the TDK tries to simplify Turkish and make it understandable and rich in meaning, saying "we should contribute to this by loving Turkish and showing our love on every Language day, which is September 26th, to strengthen and intensify it."