Congress of the International Society for Dialectology and Geolinguistics continues under the auspices of Eastern Mediterranean University, Education Faculty, Turkish Teaching Department. Having commenced at Cratos Hotel on Monday, 14 September 2015, the congress continued at EMU Prof. Dr. Mehmet Tahiroğlu Hall with EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Osam’s opening address at 10:00 a.m. on 15 September 2015.
EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam stated that hosting such an important congress at EMU means a lot to him as a linguist. Adding that the language is a mysterious tool of communication, Prof. Dr. Osam stated that brain is the producing organ of language, which is also mysterious. Putting forth that a large amount of serious studies are being carried out in the field, Prof. Dr. Osam also highlighted the difficulties encountered in the field. EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Osam stated that a considerable amount of linguistic research is being conducted within the TRNC but the number of linguists carrying out such research is only a few.
Prof. Dr. Osam added that the use of language is directly proportional with the world perception of an individual and also put forth that the congress will also contribute to Cypriot dialect. During his speech, Prof. Dr. Osam provided information about EMU and stated that EMU is TRNC’s center of science and education. Putting forth that accreditations carry special importance for EMU, Prof. Dr. Osam added that EMU has proven its quality to the world through international accreditations obtained from prominent organisations. Following Prof. Dr. Osam, Prof. Dr. Nurettin Demir delivered a presentation entitled “Globalisation, Standard Language and Dialects”. Following the lunch break at EMU Beach Club, the congress continued at EMU Central Lecture Halls at 2:00 p.m.
Organised every three years, the 5-day congress will finish on 18 September 2015. Taking place within the activities of the International Society for Dialectology and Geolinguistics, the congress previously took place in Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Latvia, Portugal, Solvenia and Austria. The conference will be addressing an array of topics including new approaches and methods in dialectology and geolinguistics, the relationship between dialects and culture, media, and the science of translation.
It is worth mentioning that the said society included Turkish as one of the languages of presentation during this year’s conference, which is an indicator of Turkish being accepted as a language of science at the international platform. 8th Congress of the International Society for Dialectology and Geolinguistics is hosting participants from fifteen different countries. Among world renowned participants attending the congress are Prof. Dr. Eva Agnes Csato, Prof. Dr. Michael Schulte and Prof.Dr. Maria-Pilar Perea. Further information about the congress is available at the official webpage of the event at http://sidg.emu.edu.tr