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Sex, Love, and MigrationPostsocialism, Modernity, and Intimacy from Istanbul to the Arctic$

Alexia Bloch

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713149

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713149.001.0001

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(p.xv) Note on Transliteration and Translation

(p.xv) Note on Transliteration and Translation

Sex, Love, and Migration

Alexia Bloch

Cornell University Press

The Modified Library of Congress system is used in transliterating Russian from the Cyrillic. Russian, Turkish, or Moldovan place names and spellings are retained, except when there is a commonly used English version. For instance, Bosphorus, not Boğaziçi, Moscow, not Moskva, and Gagauzia, not Gagauziia, are used in the text. Another challenge is posed by places that have more than one place name widely used in the present. For Chişinău or Vulcăneşti, in Moldovan, Kishinev and Vulkaneshty, respectively, in Russian, I have retained the word used by the speaker or source.

All personal names used in the text are pseudonyms, unless a person was acting in an official capacity. I have made an effort to use pseudonyms that were not uncommon names among women migrants I came to know from the former Soviet Union. For names in Russian I have followed the Modified Library of Congress system, except in the case of two names, where for the ease of the Anglo-phone reader I have used the more common English versions: Olga (instead of Ol′ga) and Maria (instead of Mariia). The spelling of authors’ names appears, for the most part, as in the original sources.

When terms in Russian, Turkish, or Gagauz occur in the text, they are defined with the first usage. All translations from Russian to English or Turkish to English are my own unless otherwise indicated.

For those readers unfamiliar with Turkish or Moldovan spellings and pronunciation, a few guidelines may be of use. The ă appearing in Moldovan words is pronounced as “a” in annunciate. The c, ç, ğ, ı, ö, ş, ü found in Turkish words (and the ç and ş in Moldovan words) are pronounced as follows:

C, c

as “j” in jam

Ç, ç

as “ch” in chuckle

Ğ, g ğ

is usually silent, lengthens the preceding vowel

I, ı

a hard “i” as in flirt

Ö, ö

as in French eu, as in deux

Ş, ş

as “sh” in shout

Ü, ü

as “u” in new

Unless otherwise indicated, monetary values are in US dollars. (p.xvi)