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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 []; I'm neutral on Latin script; and I think Cyrillic looks horrible in every way for every language. Arabic script and Hebrew script are passable (at best) for Arabic and Hebrew, but they produce linguistic hell when used for any other languages.

      Practically: switching to Latin script probably makes technical things a lot easier.

      Pedagogically: Mongolian Old Script was moderately difficult for learners, because it simply omitted some important data. However, that could have been easily fixed.

      Cherokee! [] I've done linguistical work for the Cherokees! And Neil Kandalgaonkar made a great new Cherokee font... which we should release, in fact.

      What you said about Kurds writing Turkish in Armenian script is fascinating! I never knew that! Asia Minor is such a wonderfully syncretic place.