From: Peter Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Mar 07 2005 - 11:24:08 CST
On 07/03/2005 17:05, Christopher Fynn wrote:
> Peter Kirk wrote:
>> On 07/03/2005 03:52, Doug Ewell wrote:
>>> Azerbaijani, at least, has been written in Arabic, Latin, and Cyrillic.
>>> (We have registered tags for each of those.) I don't know where that
>>> places it in the derby.
>> Indeed. And since all three of these scripts are still in current
>> use, this could be a record for current use - although as such
>> certainly tying with Uzbek and Tajik, probably also Turkmen, which
>> also use the same three scripts.
> I'm not sure what you classify as "current use", ...
I was not talking about reprinting of ancient religious works, although
this is not trivial of course. For the languages I listed, also Kurmanji
Kurdish which I forgot and possibly Talysh, all three scripts are in
current use in real living communities for writing everyday materials:
Arabic script in Iran, Iraq or Afghanistan; Cyrillic script among older
users in former Soviet republics and among migrants in Russia; and Latin
script among younger users (as a result of 1990's script changes), and
for Kurdish in Turkey.
Arguably Turkish is also in current use in three scripts: Latin in
Turkey and Cyprus, Cyrillic in Bulgaria, and Arabic in Iraq - although
it is debatable whether the Iraqi Turkman actually speak Turkish or
Azerbaijani (but they don't speak Turkmen!)
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