A Kur­dish teacher in­vented ‘stenog­ra­phy’ in Kur­dish lan­guage for the first time

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

In a 223-page book, teacher and specialist in Kur­dish lan­guage and teach­ing method­ol­ogy ‘Hush­yar Cha­l­abi’ who res­i­dents Hewler and is one of prom­i­nent fam­i­lies of the city, pub­lished a book called ‘Stenog­ra­phy in Kur­dish Lan­guage’. The idea of this book goes back to the ex­pe­ri­ence of this teacher in Ara­bic. He has thought to do the same in Kur­dish as well. Hush­yar Cha­l­abi told The Kur­dish Globe: I’m the teacher of this sub­ject, and a mem­ber of teach­ing staff in Hewler Tech­ni­cal in­sti­tute. I con­tacted Kur­dish Lan­guage Depart­ment at Sala­hadin Univer­sity and de­scribed my idea, and they pre­ferred to start my re­search. Then they rec­og­nized my re­search of­fi­cially as an in­ven­tion and granted me sci­en­tific cer­tifi­cate in the field.

Re­gard­ing the first steps of the project, he said: it was hard at the be­gin­ning, but I walked on the hard path for lay­ing the foun­da­tion stone of serv­ing Kur­dish lan­guage, so that the es­sen­tial path and prac­ti­cal side is prac­ticed in Govern­ment of­fi­cials and the me­dia.

Any new sci­ence when goes into so­ci­ety for the first time, it’s wel­comed by neg­a­tive re­ac­tions, Hush­yar Cha­l­abi faced the same neg­a­tive re­ac­tion. Some people be­lieve this won’t present any good, and some oth­ers says how come that a teacher does such a work and this sort of things must be done by those ti­tled doc­toral de­grees and are spe­cial­ists. What Cha­l­aby has done is any way a sci­en­tific in­ven­tion. He com­posed the el­e­ments and ba­sics of this sci­ence in Kur­dish. He re­tails the story of pub­lish­ing his book and says “on April 22, 1998 at the an­niver­sary of Kur­dish me­dia, I pre­sented it with the sup­port of Falakadin Kakayi, who was Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, then in Spring of 2001, Sci­en­tific Con­fer­ence of High Ed­u­ca­tion in Kur­dis­tan made de­ci­sion about the book to be stud­ied in Hewler Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute, Me- dia Depart­ment.”

The book con­sists of five chap­ters, it stud­ies his­tory of stenog­ra­phy, and a pref­ace of stenog­ra­phy in Kur­dish lan­guage and its rules and sym­bols of the fre­quently used words in Kur­dish, the last chap­ter is ex­er­cise on the use of stenog­ra­phy.

When we asked him that the stenog­ra­phy has been worked on un­der Ara­bic lan­guage in­flu­ence, which may cause prob­lems for its us­age in Kur­dish, Cha­l­abi hon­estly said “Ara­bic lan­guage has been taken as a method, I have ex­pe­ri­ence in this field, but it’s prob­lem­atic, be­cause if you di­rectly ap­plied the Ara­bic stenog­ra­phy method in Iraq and other coun­tries, we would face prob­lems, be­cause Kur­dish lan­guage has its own char­ac­ter­is­tics which are dif­fer­ent from other lan­guages. There are some sounds in Kur­dish which Ara­bic doesn’t have, adding to the style of writ­ing vowel letters and many other de­tails. But this doesn’t mean that we should not take ad­van­tage of Ara­bic stenog­ra­phy at all. We should bear in mind that we use Ara­bic letters in our writ­ing.”

The book could be used in many govern­ment of­fices, ju­di­cial and sec­re­tary fields, and es­pe­cially in me­dia. But as we said, there is no prob­lem in­side the book as many as in those who work in the me­dia and teach, but un­der­es­ti­mate the value of this global sci­en­tific method. This is some­thing new for us as Kurds. And those who work in the me­dia haven’t reached the level of work­ing in tough and harsh at­mos­phere so that to use method of stenog­ra­phy. This is good for those jour­nal­ists who have lit­tle time and can­not write down ev­ery­thing as it is, and so they use stenog­ra­phy. It’s also use­ful for the jour­nal­ists who cover wars, tough and se­cret lo­ca­tions. For keep­ing the in­for­ma­tion un­re­vealed they can, by us­ing stenog­ra­phy, keep the se­crets and trans­fer it to the de­sired place. But Kur­dish jour­nal­ist has a lot of time and doesn’t work in harsh at­mos­phere to be in need of the method of stenog­ra­phy.

Hushi­yar Cha­l­abi al­ways talks about his suf­fer­ing, in ad­di­tion to his in­ven­tion of this method in Kur­dish Lan­guage and pre­sent­ing it as mod­ern sci­ence to Sala­hadin Univer­sity, hav­ing cer­ti­fied and ad­mit­ted it as a sci­en­tific re­search, but still ob­sta­cles are made on his way. As we men­tioned be­fore, any new in­ven­tion are not al­ways wel­comed at the be­gin­ning and is looked upon strangely and even op­posed. Its owner might be harmed too. But even­tu­ally ev­ery sci­en­tific work which serves hu­man­ity and so­ci­ety will re­gain its real po­si­tion. The path of sci­ence is tough, as Hush­yar Cha­l­abi talks about the tough­ness of this path and grounds of his re­search sadly. The road is hard, but con­stancy is the great­est hap­pi­ness for in­ven­tors.

H.G. Has­san

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