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Debate over Kazakh Script Reform

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Kazakhstan, Citizen Media, Language

While some analysts remain [1] skepticalĀ about Kazakhstan's Latinization reform [2], bloggers offer [3] [ru] practical proposals on how to do the reform ‘right’ andĀ analyze [4] [ru] the experience of other former Soviet countries that switched from Cyrillic to Latin script. Yet comments under these blogs show that the reform remains very controversial and, even among proponents of the change, there is little agreement on how to go about it. One reader notes [5] [ru]:

It looks like the reform will be more difficult and will take longer than many of us anticipated…