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Re: CHAT Anatolian groups (was Re: question - Turco-Japanese)

From:Doug Dee <amateurlinguist@...>
Date:Friday, November 26, 2004, 14:15
In a message dated 11/26/2004 2:32:19 AM Eastern Standard Time,
ray.brown@FREEUK.COM writes:

>I know there are some Turkish communities in Greek Thrace - I assumed >there were Greek communities in Turkish Thrace. If there are some Greek >communities still in Anatolia despite the upheavals of the 1920s, I am >glad to hear to know it. Do we have actual facts and figures.
A linguistics book I have mentions that 1955 census figures said there were 81,799 Greek-speakers in Turkey (and 84,759 Greek Orthodox Christians, a category that probably overlaps a lot with Greek speakers). So, some remained after the post-WWI population exchange. It doesn't tell me where in Turkey. I recall that Turkish law still requires that the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople be a Turkish citizen, so there must still be an Orthodox community, and I presume they still speak Greek. A web page tells me that "the officially recognized Greek population of Turkey has shrunk to a small community of a few thousand people living mainly around Bosporus." Doug