English language originated in Turkey

Modern Indo-European languages – which include English – originated in Turkey about 9,000 years ago, researchers say.

Commenting on the paper, Prof Mark Pagel, a Fellow of the Royal Society from the University of Reading who was involved in earlier published phylogenetic studies, said: “This is a superb application of methods taken from evolutionary biology to understand a problem in cultural evolution – the origin and expansion of the Indo-European languages.

“This paper conclusively shows that the Indo-European languages are at least 8-9,500 years old, and arose, as has long been speculated, in the Anatolian region of what is modern-day Turkey and spread outwards from there.”


bbc.co.uk / 25.8.2012

World’s Biggest Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep, Turkey

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will inaugurate the “Zeugma Mosaic Museum” at a former factory in Gaziantep on Friday. Building of the museum by the Gaziantep Municipality began in April 2008. It cost about $50-55 million. Some 1,700 square metres of mosaic unearthed in the ancient city of Zeugma, will be on display in the museum. The biggest museum in the history of the Republic of Turkey also outpaced the Bardo Museum in Tunis, which was considered the world’s biggest mosaic museum. The three-storey museum has an exhibition area of 30,000 square metres. The museum also includes the special room built for Mainad Mosaic, which has been etched into people’s minds as the “Gypsy Girl”. The special room takes place in the first section on the second floor. It is shaped like a labyrinth. The lighting inside specifically emphasizes the melancholy gaze of the Gypsy Girl. The museum was opened to visitors on July 18 drawing a number of Italian, French, German and Japanese tourists.

AA / 8.9.2011

Grand Prize Goes to Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Nuri Bilge Ceylan has won the Grand Jury Prize in the Cannes Film Festival with his film “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.” Ceylan said that he did not expect to win the award since his film was screened on the last day of the festival. Ceylan won the same prize in 2003 with his film “Distant.” He was awarded with the Best Director Award in 2006 and 2008 with his films “Climates” and “Three Monkeys.”