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CIU Academician pointed out that Proverbs and Idioms Shape Turkish Cypriot Women’s Social Roles

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gürkan Gümüşatam, the Head of Turkish Language and Literature Department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Cyprus International University (CIU) said that patriarchal values continue to shape Turkish Cypriot women’s social roles through the use of proverbs and idioms. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gümüşatam stated that unchanging roles of women such as a mother, wife, bride, mother-in-law, aunt is also in accordance with expectations in the entire Turkish world.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gümüşatam's article on "Traditional Roles of Woman in Turkish Cypriot Proverbs and Descriptions that are Reflected in Idioms" was published in the 43rd issue of the Journal of Turkish Scientific Research (TÜBAR) which is in its 23rd year. Gümüşatam said that in the study that aimed to determine the common value judgments in the Turkish world and to bridge a gap between language and culture, the social roles of women in the Turkish Cypriot community has been studied by examining the proverbs and idioms.



Gümüşatam stated that many elements in cultural continuity such as production, consumption relations, geographical conditions and contact with other cultures constitute a system of new values. He also mentioned that society preserved the oldness completely without rejecting it with proverbs.

Gümüşatam stated that in the Turkish Cypriot society, the position where the woman has risen to the highest point as status is being a mother; in the traditional society woman’s role was not approached with an attitude of accepting another role apart from marriage or being a family member yet.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gürkan Gümüşatam, the Head of the Department of Turkish Language and Literature of CIU also mentioned that for the analysis of sociological ties between language and culture, Turkish Cypriot proverbs and idioms have a very rich material.

Last updated: 25-06-2018