Kazakhstan proceeds with ‘gradual’ introduction of Latin alphabet

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s Culture and Sports Minister Aktoty Raimkulova and Education and Science Minister Askhat Aimagambetov presented an improved version of the Kazakh alphabet in Latin, Akorda reported on November 9.

The improved version fully complies with the principle of “one sound – one letter,” enshrined in the traditional Kazakh writing, no digraphs are used, that is, designating one sound with two or more symbols. The draft alphabet includes symbols denoting all 28 sounds of the Kazakh language, Akorda said.

“Do not forget that creating a new alphabet is not an easy question,” Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said. “The development of a new graphic cannot be completed in one day or even in one year. Haste in this matter can damage our entire culture and historical identity. The problem is not the transition from Cyrillic to Latin alphabet, but in the fact that a large-scale reform of the Kazakh language is being carried out. We must also take into account the financial side of the issue. Work on the introduction of the Latin alphabet should be carried out gradually. We can say that this schedule is designed for the younger generation, and it is it who should take full advantage of its advantages Therefore, this process must be carried out systematically, gradually,” Tokayev added.

The President noted the need to work out the draft alphabet together with scientists and submit it to the next meeting of the National Commission for the translation of the Kazakh alphabet into the Latin script under the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Based on the results of the work of this commission, the Government must submit to the Presidential Administration a draft Decree on the approval of the improved alphabet.

 

 

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