[lg policy] President Nazarbayev sets the task to have the Kazakh language transit to the Latin alphabet by 2025

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 6 15:40:01 UTC 2013


 President Nazarbayev sets the task to have the Kazakh language transit to
the Latin alphabet by 2025
Sunday, 16.12.2012, 23:00
  [image: President Nazarbayev sets the task to have the Kazakh language
transit to the Latin alphabet by 2025]
 Photo courtesy of master-y.ru
   Continued at

   - Kazakh strongman backs switch to Latin alphabet
   <http://en.tengrinews.kz/politics_sub/Kazakh-strongman-backs-switch-to-Latin-alphabet--15314/>

 When speaking at a solemn meeting to celebrate the 21st anniversary of
Kazakhstan’s independence December 14, President Nursultan Nazarbayev
tasked the Government to start prep works to transit to the Latin alphabet
by 2025.
Currently Kazakh language relies on the Cyrillic alphabet.

Earlier President Nazarbayev’s Advisor on political issues Ermukhamet
Ertysbayev said that shifting to the Latin alphabet is inevitable.
According to him, the process may take up to 10 years.

“In the era of globalization when Kazakhstan has intensified relations with
other nations (…) shifting to the Latin alphabet is an acute issue”, he
stressed.
Tengrinews.kz reported in June 2011 the then Culture Minister of Kazakhstan
Mukhtar Kul-Mukhamed had spoken in favor of shifting to the Latin alphabet.

According to him, the Kazakh alphabet consists of 41 letters, the Russian
alphabet of 33 letters, whereas Latin alphabet only consists of 25-26
letters, which is more convenient. The Minister believed at that time the
Latin alphabet is - among other things - more user-friendly when it comes
to mobile phones, tablets and PCs.

For more information see:
http://en.tengrinews.kz/politics_sub/President-Nazarbayev-sets-the-task-to-have-the-Kazakh-language-transit-to-the-15282/




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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
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