Turkey vs Türkiye


So, the UN has accepted a request from Ankara to change the spelling of the name of the country of which it is the capital, to that used in the written version of the Turkish language. Well, if they also expect English speakers to change their pronunciation as well, good luck with that! I should be very surprised if English-language publications fall into line with the new spelling – although modern computerised type setting allows anyone to use an ‘ü’ easily, this doesn’t mean that everyone knows how to access that character, and newspapers in general tend not to add diacritics to letters of other languages. The nearest most native English speakers will get to pronouncing the ‘new’ version is probably ‘tur-KEE-ya’; and the best spelling will mostly be ‘Turkiye’, with no umlaut.

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