Kazakhstan: Language policy debated in Astana

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Thu Nov 2 15:01:23 UTC 2006

Language policy debated in Astana

ASTANA. November 1, 2006.

KAZINFORM. (Aigul Tulekbayeva)

A roundtable on Kazakhstan's language policy is taking place today in the
National Academic Library with the participation of scientists, reps of
national and cultural centers, public agencies. Its initiators are
Language Committee of Kazakhstan information and Culture Ministry and
Eurasian Culture and History Institute. State language should be on the
level of the national symbol, secretariat head of the Kazakhstan Assembly
of Nations Zhumatai Aliyev said. It is essential to know it. Slavonic
organizations, willing to stay in Kazakhstan despite the Russian
President's invitation to repatriate to the historical fatherland, have
admitted this fact too, he added. Aliyev drew attention to learning
English as well. The nation willing to be competitive should know English
like Singapore, Malaysia, and Korea do. Scientists, sociologists, heads
of public alliances are expected to take the floor.


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