`The Turkish Language Reform is a dramatic story, entertainingly written, and not overly long. What is more, it provides a great insight into the practicalities of language planning.' Journal of Sociolinguistics 5/2, 2001
`From the moment you read 'A catastrophic success' in the subtitle you know that Lewis's intention is to provide interesting, entertaining reading. The story is a great one ... and well worth the read.' Journal of Sociolinguistics 5/2 2001
`Professor Lewis has written a fascinating book and he deserves the gratitude and appreciation of both colleagues and non-specialists alike. Lewis has succeeded in making a demanding task seem particularly easy and even graceful. As a stylist, Lewis is incisive, sometime brutally candid, and almost always witty. The book is sure to remain the last word on the language reform for a long time to come.' Benjamin C. Fortna, Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 37, No.1, Jan 2001
`This subject has long awaited a full-length treatment in English and it would be hard to imagine anyone better able to provide it than Geoffrey Lewis. Lewis ... draws on the experience of a distinguished career to provide both a wealth of anecdotal material and the advantages of long-term perspective.' Benjamin C. Fortna, Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol.37, No.1, Jan 2001
`very informative - especially for the nonspecialist - and worthwhile reading.' Wolfgang-E. Scharlipp, Anthropological Linguistics, 42, No.2.
`this book can and must be recommended to anyone interested in the modern Turkish language.' Wolfgang-E. Scharlipp, Anthropological Linguistics, 42, No.2.
`Lewis's book is learned, eloquent, and witty.' Reviews IX, Sino-Platonic Papers, 107, Sept. 2000.
`Particularly effective and entertaining are those passages which he skillfully translates twice -- first in their unadulterated form with their full complement of words of non-Turkic origin, then in their clean-up, "pure" Turkic form.' Reviews IX, Sino-Platonic Papers, 107, Sept. 2000.
`Lewis ... writes in a lively and witty style. Absolutely essential for collections supporting Turkish and linguistics departments at all levels.' W.L. Hanaway, Choice, Vol.38, No.1.