Karamanli Turkish / Karamanlidika

Karamanlı Turkish, also known as Karamanlıca or Karamanlidika, is a dialect of Turkish written with the Greek alphabet and used by the Karamanlides Orthodox Christian community in Turkey during Ottoman times and in the diaspora after the population exchange with Greece. Saffo Papantonopoulou created these handouts to assist those wanting to read Karamanlı Turkish.

Handout 1

Karamanlıca Alphabet

Modern Greek Alphabet and Phonetics

Sağır Nun

Once you've learned the alphabet, try to read some of the original materials in this language. Check out a couple free digital archives listed on one of our digital resources pages.