Kazakh internet users receive best gift ever
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 20
By Ali Mustafayev – Trend:
With Kazakhstan's transition to Latin alphabet, the Kazakh internet users have passed through a barrier that has existed for years.
The letters with apostrophes in new Latin alphabet of Kazakhstan used to be a serious problem for local internet users, as search engines couldn't properly handle the words with apostrophes.
In this regard, the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev changed the draft rules of the transition of the Kazakh language to the Latin alphabet.
The letters with apostrophes in new Latin alphabet were also viewed negatively by Kazakh scientists and language specialists.
The new project of the alphabet eliminates use of three letters with apostrophes: "S', s' " ("sh"), "C', c' " ("h") and "I', i' " ("i").
Instead, Nazarbayev approved three new symbols: digraphs "Sh, sh" and "Ch, ch", as well as "I, ı". In six other cases with the letters "A", "G", "N", "O", "U", "Y" the apostrophes were replaced by diacritics: for example, the letter "A', a' " turned into "Á ,á ".
Thus, Kazakh people will use a simpler alphabet, which can be understood by online searching engines.
The transition of the Kazakh language to Latin alphabet started in 2012. In 2017, the president of Kazakhstan instructed the government of the country to develop a plan that would allow smoothly translating Kazakh language into Latinized writing.