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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Wednesday October 06, 2004
02:08 AM

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[ #21212 ]
Dear Log,

«Judges deliberated whether a [CIS] federal law that stipulates that Cyrillic must be used throughout the country - including regions that use languages other than Russian - was constitutional.

Lawmakers and the Supreme Court of the republic of Tatarstan, a central Russian region where ethnic Tatars outnumber ethnic Russians, have challenged the constitutionality of the 2002 legislation.»

--"Russian Court Weighs Regions' Alphabet"

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  • In the former USSR Stalin's own nationality (Georgian people) use their own alphabet, Armenians managed to keep their own alphabet... Only people that never had their own writing before had to adopt either Cyrillic or Latin alphabet. Turkic languages used to use Arabic script for a while, which also wasn't the best for their language...

    Other strange uses:

    Farsi is an indo-european language, but uses Arabic script...

    Kurds living in Armenia write in their language using Armenian language. By the way, Turkis
    • Only people that never had their own writing before had to adopt either Cyrillic or Latin alphabet.

      Hm. What about the Mongolians then? They had a writing system (or two or three!) that the Russians replaced with Cyrillic.

      Linguistically: there's no reason for anyone to use Latin script over Cyrillic tho, or vice versa. They're both equally adaptable to any language.

      Aesthetically: I adore Mongolian Old Script [mongoliatoday.com]; I'm neutral on Latin script; and I think Cyrillic looks horrible in every way for every langu

    • While I'm rambling about my aesthetic notions, I will add that I think that modern Hebrew [umd.edu] and Arabic [umd.edu] scripts are a total failure at the task of doing something sane with Phoenician [phoenicia.org]. When I am appointed cruel Kommissar of Asia Minor, all will be compelled to convert their letterforms to Phoenician, under penalty of vaporization.

      Although one good thing did come of Arabic -- an authentic improvement, in fact: Divehi, which I wrote about here. [interglacial.com] Too bad global warming will probably put every last user of Divehi

    • Maltese, a Semitic language, is written with Latin alphabet.