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Minority groups in Hungary

From:Leo Caesius <leo_caesius@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 15:40
Tamas Racsko wrote in response to J. Cowan:
>Hmm. So there are 8000 people who speak Slovak but don't consider >themselves ethnic Slovaks?
Yes, among others some members of my family, too. It is the last stage prior to assimilation." Over the last summer I taught at the world's one and only Ottoman Summer School, which (ironically) is located in one of the last few enclaves of the Greek language in Turkey. It's a rather tenacious enclave, as well - in the 30s, many Kurdish families were settled on this island, with the result that they too began to speak Greek. The irony of it is that there are no "Greeks" to be found on the island whatsoever. The inhabitants consider themselves Turks. In fact, the most common name on the island is Ozturk (imagine umlauts on both vowels), which means "100% Turkish" - exactly the sort of name that one would expect an assimilated minority to bear. Every Friday the nat'l anthem, the Istiklal Marsi, plays twice, and the inhabitants stop everything and stand to attention. Pictures and statues of Ataturk are everywhere. The mayor, a local, has been censured by his own party, the most right-wing in Turkey, for being too nationalistic. Yet, surprisingly, the inhabitants continue to speak Greek in their homes. The people of this island were originally Cretan Muslims, who were sent packing after Lausanne and settled en masse in Turkey. They call themselves Giritliler "Cretans" and the language they speak Giritce (imagine a cedilla on the c), literally "Cretan" - not Greek. _________________________________________________________________ Is your PC infected? Get a FREE online computer virus scan from McAfee® Security.


John Cowan <cowan@...>