TANER AKCAM’S “A SHAMEFUL ACT…” – 2012-2

A Pragmalinguistic Study

Summary

Seda K. Gasparyan, Gohar R. Harutyunyan
The paper aims at studying Taner Akcam’s considerations of the Armenian Genocide and brings out his point of view concerning the responsibility of the Turkish Government and the Turks in general for the shameful, unforgettable and unpardonable crime their predecessors committed against the peaceful Armenian population in Western Armenia. His firm belief is that it is only by carrying the burden of responsibility that Turkey will be able to get over the syndrome of denial, “look into the eyes of the obvious truth” and cease to violate the undeniable historical reality in the perception and understanding of the coming younger generations of Turkey.

The application of the pragmalinguistic approach to the study of the book helps to reveal the meanings and shades of meanings implied in the text.

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