By Sari Pietikäinen, FinlandAlexandra Jaffe, Long BeachHelen Kelly-Holmes, and Nikolas Coupland
Sociolinguistics from the Periphery "presents a fascinating book about change: shifting political, economic and cultural conditions; ephemeral, sometimes even seasonal, multilingualism; and altered imaginaries for minority and indigenous languages and their users."
The book presents a collection of texts in Gagauz language from Bulgaria. Being a Turkic language, as other minority languages Gagauz was forbidden in Bulgaria. The assimilatory processes during the years of communism in Bulgaria forced the Gagauz minority to assimilation and nowadays Gagauz language in Bulgaria is registered in the book of UNESCO for endangered languages.
The published text in the book were collected in mid 1980s in Northeast part of Bulgaria and they are published for first time. This has been the only collection of oral history among the Bulgarian Gagauz minority for last 50 years. The texts document the development of the language during this period, when the language was alive and used in home environment.
The present collection is targeting students in Turkology, researchers and anyone interested in Turkic Studies. (written in Gagauz).