Metaphorical Perceptions Of Primary Education Students Whose Mother Tongues Are Not Turkish On Turkish Language
The aim of this study is to investigate the metaphorical perceptions of primary school students whose mother tongue is different from Turkish on Turkish language. The participants of the research are consisted of primary school students (n = 155) studying in 2018-2019 education-instruction year in Hilvan, Harran and the Syrian students who attend to Temporary Education Center (TEC) in Salıurfa province. In this research, “phenomenology research design", one of the qualitative research designs, was adopted and the mother tongues of the participants are Kurdish and Arabic. The data of the research were collected using the prompt “Turkish is like......, because......”. According to the findings of the research, the students participated in the research were seen to produce a total of 70 well-structured metaphors for the concept of Turkish language. The metaphors produced by the students participated in the research were grouped under six conceptual categories as; "positive attitudes", "importance", "necessity/need", "richness/greatness", "difficulty", "easiness" and "relation to other languages". In the lights of conceptual categories, it can be concluded that the students are of positive attitudes towards Turkish, the attach importance to the language and that they perceive Turkish as an important necessity and need of their lives.
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