Words unite island’s communities


Messages of hope for a common future were recently sent out by Cypriots from both sides at the launch of Cyprus’ first Joint Dictionary of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Dialect last week.

“A dictionary that evokes childhood memories, with words that have been forgotten and [which] recall the past… This book helps us to remember together and share our language,” were the words of some of the speakers at the event.

Written by Iakovos Hadjipieris, a Greek Cypriot Turkologist, and Orhan Kabatas, a Turkish Cypriot teacher of geography and history with a Masters degree in ancient Turkish, the new publication has brought the common Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot words in a bilingual publication with some 3,500 entries depicting commonality in our everyday language.

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