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Proposed Latinized Kazakh script not the final one - Culture Minister

Proposed Latinized Kazakh script not the final one - Culture Minister
14 September 2017 12:11 394

ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Minister of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly insists that the recently proposed Latinized Kazakh script is not the final one, Kazinform reports. 

"In his article "The Course towards the Future: Modernization of Public Conscience" Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev highlighted the gradual switchover of the Kazakh language to the Latin script as one of the key priorities. We've been preparing for this moment since attaining independence. (...) The first big meeting that unanimously supported this initiative [Latinized Kazakh script] was held at the Parliament on September 11. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that this is not the final version of the script. We are not planning to approve it," Minister Mukhamediuly said, speaking at the roundtable on introduction of a single standard of the Latinized Kazakh script in Astana on Thursday.

Recall that the draft Latin-based Kazakh script was presented at the parliamentary hearings in the Kazakh capital on Monday, September 11. According to Yerbol Shayakhmetov, Director of the Republican Coordination and Methodology Center for Language Development, the suggested draft of the script consists of 25 letters. The first Latinized Kazakh script was officially used in Kazakhstan in 1929-1940, but was replaced with the Cyrillic one later.

In attendance at the roundtable were Director General of the Kazakh Research Institute Andrei Khazbulatov, Director of the National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan Umitkhan Munalbayeva, Myrzatai Zholdasbekov, Tursyn Zhurtbai, Garifolla Yessim, Karl Baipakov, Akim Tarazi, Sautbek Abdrakhmanov, Nesipbek Aituly, Tolen Abdik, Nurlan Orazalin, Aldan Smaiyl, Seiit Kaskabassov, Shalatai Myrzakhmetov, Onaigul, Turzhan, Talgat Temenov, Bolat Ayukhanov, Zhanat Seidumanov, and many others.

Keywords: Culture, Kazakhstan, Latinized Kazakh script, Ministry of Culture and Sport,
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