Redhouse’s Turkish Dictionary in two parts: English & Turkish, Turkish & English

Oct 31, 2013 by

redhouseRedhouse’s Turkish Dictionary in two parts: English & Turkish, Turkish & English Authored by J. W. Redhouse was originally published in 1880 and is a wonderful old resource for those of you interested in the beautiful Turkish language.

a few words from the introduction:

“It is an extraordinary and lamentable fact that the language of the Turks has hitherto received little or no attention in England, although it is spoken by millions of people belonging to a vast empire with which we are closely connected by mutual vital interests, and is more or less used, in official circles, from Tunis in Africa to the walls of China. It is the Court language of Persia, and in many provinces of that country is spoken as much as Persian.

It is difficult to account for the absolute neglect of the study of such an important language, considering that it is used by a people who once influenced half the world, who overturned and established empires, who have possessed the thrones of Persia, Syria, Greece, and Arabia, whose power was once dreaded by Italy, Germany and France, and to whom our proud Queen Elizabeth applied for aid against the Spanish Armada.

The Turkish language has always been of the greatest consequence to us, owing to the importance of our political and commercial relations with the Ottoman Empire, and the complete ignorance of it on the part of our countrymen has greatly impeded proper communication and intercourse between the two nations and given rise to most serious misunderstandings and difficulties, both in the diplomatic and commercial world. Hitherto, the only means of communication between the two peoples has been the employment of Levantine interpreters, who seldom or never know either English or Turkish properly, and speak the latter unidiomatically and with a vulgar accent peculiarly distasteful to the educated Osmanlis. Recent events in the East, by which we have become in one sense identified with the Turkish Empire through having undertaken the Protectorate of Asia Minor and the administration of Cyprus, now render the acquisition of the Turkish language by English officials and commercial men more urgent than ever, and indeed it is absolutely indispensable if we wish to fulfill our task efficiently and avoid endless complications with the natives and the Turkish Government.

We may therefore hope that this subject will at last receive the attention it deserves on the part of the Government and the nation, that proper facilities will be afforded for the acquisition of the language by a Professorship of Turkish being founded at one of our Universities, and encouragement and reward being offered to those who devote themselves to this arduous study.”



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