RE: History of Kazakh characters in Unicode

From: Carl W. Brown (
Date: Mon Nov 27 2000 - 11:27:02 EST


I have found the following in reference to the Tatar & Bashkir alphabets. I
appears to have the dotless i.

It is from Radio Free Europe not an official source but I have not found any
other source.

From what I have heard most of the Uzbek Latin users are in Turkey but Uzbek
is different from the more Western Turkic Languages. I had heard nothing
before about Turkmen and Latin other then it had been used in the past.

It seems that the problem is that much of the movement to Latinize the
Turkic languages is being conducted by small unofficial disorganized
splinter groups who are doing it often for patriotic reasons. Is this true?
Is it partially to develop a better writing system and partially because
they were forced to use Cyrillic? The problem now is that there are those
who want change at any cost. I Imagine the it is difficult to work together
to get a comprehensive solution. It would seem that this is an ideal time
for all the Turkic nations to get together to join in on a comprehensive
effort to develop a single Turkic Latin alphabet. Not every language would
use all of the alphabet but it would be consistent between Turkic languages.


-----Original Message-----
From: Kairat A. Rakhim []
Sent: Monday, November 20, 2000 9:19 PM
To: Carl W. Brown
Cc: Unicode List
Subject: Re: History of Kazakh characters in Unicode


Latin script are used for Turkish, Azeri, Uzbek, Turkmen and Crimean Tatars
languages. Tatars will adopt Latin during 2001-2011.
In Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, discussions about transition to Latin have
taken place but without real decisions.
As far as I know, only Turkish and new Azeri alphabets contains the 'dotless
Since 1928, Latin-based alphabets was developed for all the Turkic people of
the USSR except Chuvash.
There was 18 languages. No one of their alphabets had contained the 'dotless
i'. Developed at the same time, alphabet for Abazin had, but this language
is not Turkic. Later, Moscow forced all Turkic people to adopt Cyrillic


----- Original Message -----
From: Carl W. Brown <>
To: Unicode List <>
Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2000 2:42 PM
Subject: RE: History of Kazakh characters in Unicode

> Kairat,
> While you are at it, I am trying to resolve which Turkic languages
> use Latin scripts. And which of those use the dotless i.
> So far Turkish, Azeri, Baskir and Tatar are definite. Are there others?
> Carl

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