A Geocultural Analysis of Turkey: Ethnolinguisic Lines and the Syrian Conflict

By Melonie K. Richey.

Published by The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies

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Turkey is an ethnolinguistically diverse country, hosting five language families, over thirty living languages, and more than thirty minority ethnic groups. Understanding the ethnolinguistic landscape of the region is integral to making predictions regarding population movement initiated by the ongoing war in Syria. The purpose of this paper is to define the ethnolinguistic landscape of Turkey through open source research, to predict the areas of this landscape that will likely increase over the next twelve to twenty-four months using gravity model equations, and to simulate the largest and most imminent alteration to Turkey’s ethnogeography: the Syrian refugee population movement.

Keywords: Ethnolinguistics, Human Geography, Gravity Model Analysis, Geospatial Analysis

The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, Volume 12, Issue 1, August 2014, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 18, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.065MB)).

Melonie K. Richey

Analyst, Institute of Intelligence Studies, Center for Intelligence Research, Analysis, and Training, Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA