Martayan–“The Opener/Revealer”

Linguist Hagop Martayan, who fought in the Turkish War of Independence, led reforms of the Turkish language. At one time he was the secretary-general of the Turkish Language Association and contributed to the Turkish Encyclopedia. He was named “Dilacar” by Ataturk. It means “The Opener/Revealer” of the language. For years Turkish media would not identify that Martayan was Armenian. He died in 1979.

Linguist Hagop Martayan, who fought in the Turkish War of Independence, led reforms of the Turkish language. At one time he was the secretary-general of the Turkish Language Association and contributed to the Turkish Encyclopedia. He was named “Dilacar” by Ataturk. It means “The Opener/Revealer” of the language. For years Turkish media would not identify that Martayan was Armenian. He died in 1979.

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