[lg policy] Fwd: Transition to Latin script in Kazakhstan to start in 10 years

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sun Feb 1 18:15:58 UTC 2015


Forwarded From: Fierman, William <wfierman at indiana.edu>
Date: Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 8:38 PM

Transition to Latin script in Kazakhstan to start in 10 years



  Transition to Latin script in Kazakhstan to start in 10 years

30 JANUARY 2015, 14:15 (GMT+04:00)



[image: Photo: Transition to Latin script in Kazakhstan to start in 10
years / Kazakhstan]

Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan.30

By Daniyar Mukhtarov – Trend:

The transition to the Latin script in Kazakhstan will start no earlier than
2025, the country’s Minister of Culture and Sport Arystanbek Mukhamediuly
said.

He made the remarks during a briefing in Astana on Jan.30.

“Currently this issue is being thoroughly studied,” he said. “I believe
there is no need to speed up this process in order to prevent the negative
impact on our activity.”

The minister reminded that the process of working out the curricula and
classbooks will take a long time.

It was earlier reported that Kazakhstan’s then Minister of Culture Mukhtar
Kul-Muhammed said in 2011 that the transition to the Latin script is a
matter of time for the country.

Previously, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed the government
to start the preparatory work on the transition to Latin script by 2025.

The head of state said that thanks to the new script, Kazakh language will
become the modern information language.

“The task of transition to the Latin script caused a resonance among our
foreign partners,” said Nazarbayev.

“Some regarded this as a proof of changes in Kazakhstan’s geopolitical
preferences. Nothing like that! This is the domestic demand for the
development and modernization of the Kazakh language," Nazarbayev said. "No
need to look for a black cat in a dark room.”

The linguistic debates in Kazakhstan have been going on for 20 years. Over
this period, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Moldova gave up the
Cyrillic alphabet and adopted Latin letters.

Edited by SI



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 Harold F. Schiffman

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