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Friday, April 14, 2017

In an article published Wednesday in the state-owned Egemen Kazakhstan newspaper, the Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev asked the government to start "preparatory work" and "create a schedule for the switch" [to a new alphabet]. He also laid out a timetable for the transition from the currently used modified Cyrillic alphabet with 42 letters to the more internationally used Latin one, with the first deadline set for the end of this year. "By the end of 2017, after consultation with academics and representatives of the public, a single standard for the new Kazakh alphabet and script should be developed," the 76-year-old president wrote. He also said that as of 2018, education specialists need to be trained to teach the new alphabet and provide educational textbooks.

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from the article....

"In 1940 ... a law was adopted transferring the Kazakh language from the Latin alphabet to one based on Russian script," he wrote.

The changeover could appeal to Kazakh nationalists, who were alarmed in 2014 when Russian President Vladimir Putin described Kazakhstan as part of the "the greater Russian world."

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-04-14 12:09 AM | Reply

Stuff like this always amazes me.
How a language can just be buried by a government, or revived by one, like in Ireland.
That we construct nationalism, just like it's any other product.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-04-14 12:41 AM | Reply

@#2

Yeah.

And how do you change the alphabet a country uses?

To me, that is far more challenging than changing measurement systems. And this Great Country of ours seems to be unable to handle the challenge of changing to using the metric system (something that other countries in Europe have done), so how would we ever change our alphabet, as Kazakhstan is proposing?

Kudos to Kazakhstan for their grit and determination.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-04-14 01:09 AM | Reply

Most of you still can't use the metric system.

I think beer should be sold in metric units.

Big hairy bar-tender; 'Can I hep you'?
You; 'Yes, I'll have 500 milliliters of your finest beer'

#4 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-04-15 06:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I think beer should be sold in metric units.
#4 | POSTED BY KUDZU "

Horrible idea. Most canned and bottle beers in the rest of the world is sold in 330ml sizes (11.2 ounces). That is losing a beer per 12-pack.

#5 | Posted by InTrumpWeTrust at 2017-04-15 07:18 PM | Reply


@#4 ... I think beer should be sold in metric units. ...

Yup. Make it easier for US companies to export beer to other countries.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-04-15 08:25 PM | Reply


@#5 ... That is losing a beer per 12-pack. ...

US ingenuity will then come up with a baker's dozen pack. :)

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-04-15 08:27 PM | Reply

#4 even drug users can figure out the metric system.

Now changing a few million keyboards may be a hindrance.

#8 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-04-15 09:16 PM | Reply

Hey now I can write To Triple G! AKA Kazakh Thunder
AKA God of War!

#9 | Posted by tontonmacoute at 2017-04-16 10:36 AM | Reply

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