Tweaking Russian Orthography

Ronald Kephart rkephart at
Thu Apr 18 15:11:01 UTC 2002

>Mr. Putin's wife, Lyudmila, called the academy's proposals "totally
>self-serving."  "When the country's economy still has to be
>rebuilt," she said, "now is not the time to go reforming the
>language, which is still developing...

I appreciate and respect the fact that Ms. Putin is a "trained
linguist," but I wonder whether she actually said "language" (yazik)
or "orthography" (orfografiya). And if not the latter, why not?

Ronald Kephart
Associate Professor
English and Foreign Languages
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, FL USA

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