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Kazakhstan adopts Latin alphabet again after over 70 years

Malaysia Sun (blog) - 10 Sep 2018
Kazakhstan, one of the 15 former Soviet republics, decided to abandon the Cyrillic alphabet, used in Russia and other Slavic countries, and return to the Latin alphabet over 70 years after shedding it. The transition is expected to be completed by 2025 ...
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The cost of changing an entire country's alphabet

BBC News - 25 Apr 2018
The government signed off on a new alphabet, based on a Latin script instead of Kazakhstan's current use of Cyrillic, in October. But it has faced vocal criticism from the population – a rare occurrence in this nominally democratic country ruled by ...
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Kazakhstan adopts new version of Latin-based Kazakh alphabet

Astana Times - 26 Feb 2018
ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev amended his Oct. 26, 2017 decree concerning the transition of the Kazakh alphabet from Cyrillic to Latin script, which if kept, would have put into effect a Latin-script alphabet with 32 letters including nine ...
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Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet - 20 Jan 2018
In April, Kazakhstan's president of 27 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev, ordered the government to prepare a new Kazakh alphabet based on Latin characters and ditch the one based on Russia's Cyrillic script, which the Soviets implemented in 1940. He has ...
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Kazakhstan Cheers New Alphabet, Except for All Those Apostrophes

New York Times - 15 Jan 2018
The Kazakh language is currently written using a modified version of Cyrillic, a legacy of Soviet rule, but Mr. Nazarbayev announced in May that the Russian alphabet would be dumped in favor of a new script based on the Latin alphabet. This, he said ...
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Kazakhstan is changing its alphabet – here's why

The Conversation UK - 21 Nov 2017
Kazakhstan is to adopt a new alphabet, replacing the Russian Cyrillic script with the alphabet you are reading at the moment. This was announced in October by the Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who signed decree Number 569, which also sets ...
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Alphabet soup as Kazakh leader orders switch to Latin letters

Reuters - 26 Oct 2017
Kazakh, a Turkic language, used to be written in Arabic script until the 1920s when the Soviet Union briefly introduced a Latin alphabet for it. This was later replaced by a Cyrillic one in 1940, based on the Russian alphabet. Part of the latest switch ...
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Kazakhstan to switch from Cyrillic to Latin alphabet - 28 Oct 2017
The president's office on Friday announced that the government will appoint a national commission to "ensure a gradual transition of the Kazakh alphabet to the Latin-based script until 2025". The former Soviet Republic declared independence in 1991.
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Switching to Latin alphabet further opens Kazakhstan to the world

Astana Times - 13 Mar 2018
In October 2017, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree, which was amended recently, on the phased transition of the Kazakh alphabet from Cyrillic into Latin script by 2025. By that year, Latin letters will be used in all official ...
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Kazakhstan: New-Look Alphabet Makes First Outings

EurasiaNet - 03 Nov 2017
A local newspaper in northern Kazakhstan has become the first publication to run an edition in the new-look, apostrophe-heavy Latin alphabet. Dinara Karymsakova, a resident of the Kostanay region, displayed a hard copy of Arqalyq Habary on her Facebook ...
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Kazakhstan: plans to adopt Latin-based alphabet sparks backlash

Equal Times - 23 Jan 2018
Kazakhstan is pushing ahead with plans to switch the Kazakh language alphabet from Cyrillic to Latin, despite facing public backlash. On 27 October, the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, signed a degree to adopt a new Latin-based alphabet ...

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