Ms. Tara Alisbah, a Turkish language consultant and scholar, came to visit the Turkish Flagship to discuss Turkish hand gestures. As she notes in her book, hand gestures are common all around the Mediterranean region, from Italy to Greece. In Turkey, however, they take on a life of their own. As Alisbah, a heritage speaker of Turkish, explained to the Turkish Flagship students in attendance, hand gestures are a key part of understanding the nuances of Turkish culture and speech. In her talk, she discussed a number of hand signs that exist in Turkey and the United States, as well as the differences in meaning. She shared examples from her travels in Turkey and what she'd learned from growing up with an American mother and a Turkish father. Students snacked on cookies, drank tea, and asked Tara questions about her observations on Turkish rich culture.
Turkish Talk: Turkish Hand Gestures
Monday, October 23, 2017
7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Location: School of Global and International Studies Building, GISB, GA1060