Re: FYI: Tatap => Tatar

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sat Sep 02 2000 - 00:20:14 EDT

Joseph Becker <> quoted an AP story:

> Schools in Tatarstan will now use the Latin alphabet for written work
> in the local Tatar language, spokeswoman Zukhra Minekhanova said. The
> transition from Cyrillic will take 10 years, she said.

Is it just me, or does 10 years sound overly optimistic?

> Minekhanova said the change was necessary because Cyrillic was not
> capable of transliterating all the sounds in Tatar

The large number of supplementary Cyrillic characters in Unicode shows
that this is a specious claim.

> and because it would make European culture more accessible to
> students.

This is the real reason, of course.

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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