[lg policy] Kazakhstan: Book about state language presented in Astana

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 1 13:53:35 UTC 2011

Book about state language presented in Astana

The number of people speaking Kazakh has increased by 70% over 20
years’ time. A corresponding statement was made by representatives of
the Presidential Fund of State Language Development during the
presentation of a new book entitled «The president and the state
language» which is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s
independence. The book about the history of the Kazakh language was
written by the Fund together with the international «Kazakh tili»
society with the support of the KazMunaiGaz Company. The collection
features all policy documents and regulations over the time of the
country’s independence, articles and research papers on the problems
of state language development. However, the main value of the book
lies in the fact that it features speeches, notes and opinions of the
president on the language policy. Its number of printed copies stands
at 2,000 which will be distributed among libraries, schools,
universities, and Kazakh language centers.

Sauytbek Abdrakhmanov, President, Yegemen Kazakstan JSC

«There were times when, for example, in Almaty there was only one
school and one kindergarten with the Kazakh language of instruction.
However, we have achieved great results over these 20 years. I believe
that all of this is attributed to the efficient and timely policy of
the president. The book reflects a fairly complete picture of the
state language’s formation in the Independent Kazakhstan.»


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