Month: June 2010

A Turkish etymology for both α and σιχτίρ?

By: | Post date: 2010-06-15 | Comments: 8 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek
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Language advisory In the last obscenity-filled post on this blog, Pierre left a comment on α σιχτίρ “fuck off”, which is derived from Turkish: The Turkish is sıçdırmak ( ﺼﭽﺩﺭﻣﻕ ) with a chim, rather than a kha, and it gets “shit” right back into the context. Actually, it is a causative form and means […]

Closing Kızderbent

By: | Post date: 2010-06-13 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Culture, History, Modern Greek

Having exhausted the online resources for Kızderbent and its language, I’m closing off the posts on it, for now at any rate. So what have we learned about Kızderbent? The people who lived in Kızderbent speak a Slavonic-based language, called Trakatroukika, with a significant Turkish admixture. The Turkish admixture is definitely there in the vocabulary; […]

Slavophone refugees to Greece

By: | Post date: 2010-06-09 | Comments: 12 Comments
Posted in categories: Culture, History, Modern Greek
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To check further on Kızderbent, I got hold of the 2001 book Γλωσσική Ετερότητα στη Ελλάδα [Linguistic Otherness in Greek], to see what it said about Trakatroukika. The book is a transcription of a series of panels on linguistic minorities in Greece. Most sessions passed without incident, except for the Vlach session (which the organisers […]

Stazybo’s harvest on Kızderbent

By: | Post date: 2010-06-01 | Comments: 7 Comments
Posted in categories: Culture, History, Modern Greek

I am wrapping up the series of posts on Kızderbent with the rich harvest of material that Stazybo Horn found for me, which I present with the odd comment. Then I’ll put up a post on what the material found online—thanks to Butcher of Yore and Stazybo Horn more than me—seems to be telling us. […]

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