Wednesday, February 25, 2009

tongue tied

Being multilingual is a richness. Protecting this richness, keeping it alive, is a requirement of this era.

Ahmet Turk, in an address to members of his political party, the Democratic Society Party, known by its Turkish initials, D.T.P., yesterday in Turkey, as reported by the New York Times.

Mr. Turk delivered the first sentence of his public address in the official state language of Turkish and the second sentence in the Kurdish language -- the use of which is illegal for public addresses.

The live broadcast of Mr. Turk's address was cut off as soon as he introduced Kurdish.

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