Tradesmen of tahtakale and their linguistic codes in the context of group folklore [Grup folkloru baǧlaminda tahtakale esnafi ve geli̇şti̇rdi̇kleri̇ di̇lsel kodlar]
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Tahtakale, an authentic neighbourhood where culture and commerce meet since the fifteenth century, is one of the most vivid commerce centers in İstanbul. The fact that there was no status-related change enforced to tradesmen of the non-Muslim population after the city was conquered contributed to a the new, unique identity of this area. Tahtakale's multi-lingual, multi-cultural character, even today, reveals itself through -among other levels of social structure- the elements of communication between tradesmen. The fist coffee houses in Istanbul having been established in Tahtakale adds to the character of the district as a place to socialize as well. Variety of ethnic groups in Tahtakale interact each other and have the opportunity to use the "language" in this multicultural setting. The multi-linguistic structure determines both the cultural identity and the lingual development of this cosmopolitan area. In light of Alan Dundes' definition of "group", it is possible to take "tradesmen of Tahtakale" as a group that has language as a common factor. By attributing certain linguistic codes to describe specific commercial habits, tradesmen have created a unique "Tahtakale" language. The rich multicultural setting of Tahtakale is the impetus behind the evolvement of this unique langue to what we observe today. In this paper, relying on the data on the communication habits observed in master-apprentice relationships, some examples of such linguistic codes and the contextual socio-cultural effect of these codes are examined.
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