`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.
About the Author
and the Royal College of Istanbul, and holds honorary doctorates of the University of Istanbul and the University of the Bosphorus. His books include the original Teach yourself Turkish (1953 and 1988).
Geoffrey Lewis, coauthor of "How Remarkable Women Lead", is a journalist and editor.