Orthography of Turkish on Internet and its Relations with Phonological Structure

Oezezen M. Y.

BILIG, no.53, pp.233-256, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 53
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Title of Journal : BILIG
  • Page Numbers: pp.233-256


This study has been prepared in accordance with questionnaire results to understand how phonological sequence is influenced and preferred orthographically on internet. The questionnaire was carried out at Cukurova University in 2007-2008 and 393 participants took part in the study. The aim of the study is not to look at whether Turkish language is negatively influenced or not nor does it aim to investigate punctuation or other semantic problems. Rather, it intends to present data regarding spoken language as well as the abovementioned subjects. The findings show that orthography at informational level differs from that of written language. Some marked differences of this study can be conceived as the basis of oral language utterances, preference of abbreviations especially in most consonants, defectiveness of punctuation (or unusual use of punctuation), casual use of words that are supposed to be written adjacent or separate and writing of some phonemes that are used randomly and incompatible with standard Turkish writing system. This study shall, to large extent, dwell upon the link between graphemic signs of phonemes at informational level and phonological features and information structure of Turkish.