[lg policy] Kazakhstan to Switch to Latin Script by 2025 - President

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 6 15:42:01 UTC 2013

Kazakhstan to Switch to Latin Script by 2025 -

© RIA Novosti. Mikhail Klimentyev <http://en.rian.ru/>
16:12 14/12/2012

ASTANA, December 14 (RIA Novosti) - Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev
on Friday instructed his government to start preparation for transferring
the national language to the Latin script by 2025.

“This will help not only to develop the Kazakh language but will also turn
it into a language of modern communication,” Nazarbayev said.

Kazakh currently uses the Cyrillic alphabet, introduced in 1940 when it was
a Soviet republic.

It replaced the Uniform Turkic Alphabet that had been used in the USSR from
1927 to 1940.

Kazakh speakers in countries that use the Latin script also use a modified
Latin alphabet based on the Turkish alphabet.

The Kazakh government declared the need to replace Cyrillic with Latin as
part of a national modernization program.

Some websites of the government of Kazakhstan are already available in both
Latin and Cyrillic scripts.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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