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Language attitudes and religion: Kurdish Alevis in the UK

Yilmaz, B; (2020) Language attitudes and religion: Kurdish Alevis in the UK. Kurdish Studies , 8 (1) pp. 133-161. 10.33182/ks.v8i1.512. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article, I report on results of a Matched Guise Tests (MGT) study investigating attitudes towards Bohtan (BHKr) and Maraş Kurmanji (MRKr) spoken among the UK diaspora. I focus on BHKr, which I use to refer to the Kurmanji that is identified as “good Kurmanji”, also referred to as “academic”/ “proper”, and MRKr to refer to the Kurmanji that is referred to as “bad Kurmanji” by Kurmanji speakers in the UK. The MGT, and questions pertaining to perceptual dialectology such as respondents’ perceptions of region, religion, gender and class in this study, show that attitudes towards what is perceived as BHKr and MRKr differ significantly. By concentrating on language attitudes towards Kurmanji which have never been studied in the UK context before, this paper investigates negative and positive evaluations of both BHKr and MRKr in relation to religious affiliation.

Type: Article
Title: Language attitudes and religion: Kurdish Alevis in the UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.33182/ks.v8i1.512
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.33182/ks.v8i1.512
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094148
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