Literature and language researcher and poet (b. 1901, Çankırı – d. 17 November 1977, Ankara). His full name was Ali Dehri Dilçin. He also used the pen name Dehri. He is the father of the researcher of literature Cem Dilçin. He was educated at Madrasah Muslim School. He took language and music lessons from the scholars of period such as Çankırı Mufti Mehmet Ataullah Efendi, Müftüade İsmail Efendi and Mevlevi Şeyh Hacı Hasip Dede. He published some of his folk literature collections and poems that he wrote in both syllabic and prosodic meter under the pen name Dehri when he was young in the newspapers Halk Yolu and Duygu published in Çankırı.
He worked as a teacher in the village of Topuzsaray in Çankırı and at the Banking School in Ankara from 1926. He joined the Turkish Language Association in 1933. He continued to work as a specialist in the collection and research branch of the Turkish Language Association until 1975. At the same time he prepared some volumes of the Tarama Sözlüğü (Digest Dictionary) with Ömer Asım Aksoy. He received the 1989 Language Society Turkish Language Honorary Award.
WORKS (Study- Research-Collection):
Çankırı Masalları (Çankırı Tales, 1932-33, new edition, 2002), Edebi–yatımızda Atasözleri I (Proverbs in Our Literature, 1945), Şeyyad Hazma - Yusuf ve Zeliha (Seyyad Hamza – Yusuf and Zeliha, 1947), Arap Alfabesine Göre Divanü Lûgat-it Türk Dizini (Turkish Index of the Divan* Dictionary According to the Arabic Alphabet, 1957).
REFERENCE: Çankırılı Ahmet Talat (Onay) / Çankırı Şairleri (c. 1, 1931), Ömer Asım Aksoy / Çalışma Arkadaşım Dehrî (Türk Dili, Ocak 1978), Çankırı’nın Yetiştirdiği Değerli Bir Dilci ve Edebiyatçı: Dehri Dilçin (Yaren Meclisi, Ocak-Şubat 1995), Arslan Tekin / Edebiyatımızda İsimler ve Terimler (2. bas. 1999), TBE Ansiklopedisi (2001), Türk Dünyası Edebiyatçıları Ansiklopedisi 3 (2003), İhsan Işık / Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, gen. 2. bas. 2007).