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Change of Turkish Language

The Turkish Language Association was established in 1932 under the patronage of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, with the aim of conducting research on Turkish. One of the tasks of the newly-established association was to initiate a language reform to replace loanwords of Arabic and Persian origin with Turkish equivalents.Due to this sudden change in the language, older and younger people in Turkey started to differ in their vocabularies. While the generations born before the 1940s tend to use the older terms of Arabic or Persian origin, the younger generations favor new expressions. The past few decades have seen the continuing work of this to coin new Turkish words to express new concepts and technologies as they enter the language, mostly from English. Many of these new words, particularly information technology terms, have received widespread acceptance. However, this is occasionally criticized for coining words which sound contrived and artificial.

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