Life With Turkish is a website that supplements the Turkish language program at the University of Texas at Austin. It is sponsored by the Department of Middle Eastern Studies with support from Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services.
The phonology of a language consists of the patterns of distribution of its speech categories. Phonological analysis is the process of determining what those patterns are, how they can be represented, and why they are the way they are. This site provides a series of case studies for students learning how to do phonological analysis. The case studies go step-by-step through phonological analyses in three languages - Kinyarwanda, Turkish, and Catalan - with soundfiles and references.
Cultural Interviews with Turkish-Speaking Executives is a compilation of brief video clips in which Turkish executives discuss cultural issues that are of interest to North Americans. The objective of the interviews is three-fold: First, provide practical cultural information about business topics. Second, the interviews provide vocabulary in areas within a professional setting. Third, these materials provide non-native speakers of Turkish with multiple examples of natural speech.
The creation of these materials has been a joint project between the Centers for International Business Education and Research at the University of Texas at Austin and Brigham Young University and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas and the National Middle East Language Resource Center at Brigham Young University.