THE PHONOLOGICAL AND MORPHOLOGICAL FEATURES OF ERZINCAN’S REFAHİYE DISTRICT
ERZİNCAN REFAHİYE MERKEZ AĞZININ FONOLOJİK VE MORFOLOJİK ÖZELLİKLERİ

Author : Metin YURTBAŞI
Number of pages : 528-576

Abstract

The township Refahiye is a district of the eastern Turkish province of Erzin-can located in the juncture of Central and Eastern Turkey. Refahiye has gone through many historical changes throughout centuries that have affected its local dialect somewhat distinct from standard Turkish which bears similar fea-tures close to those areas around Refahiye. This article presents first the geog-raphical and historical characteristics of the region as a start, and deals mainly with phonological and morphological aspects of the local dialect featuring ty-pical deviations from the generally acceptable norms. The article first analyzes the phonological features of the local dialect classifying the vowel and conso-nant changes from the Standard norms providing many examples under rele-vant headings. The second part deals with the morphological line, i.e. the structural and inflectional suffixes and other aspects of the Turkish word for-mation based on the local materials. A long list of authentic words is provided with meanings in standard Turkish along with their example sentences showing their use in context. A sampling of local speech in traditional Turkish transliteration has been provided along with their IPA transcription as a propo-sal for further studies in this field in a bid to internationalize the Turkish dia-lect notation.

Keywords

vowel changes, consonant changes, structure-suffix, inflection-suffix, IPA transcription, transliter

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