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Kazakh Writing
Here's a discussion about the challenges of developing a new writing system.

My opinion: for fucksake, make your own writing system that actually fits your language.  It is a giant pain in the ass, forever, to borrow someone else's alphabet that doesn't fit.  You're a country, you have a language, make an alphabet you can really use and build some keyboards for it.  You want to use somebody else's keyboards?  Learn English or Russian or Mandarin or whatever.  Don't fuck yourselves over trying to make your language fit on their keyboards.  If the Cherokee can do it, so can other people.

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terrycloth From: terrycloth Date: January 18th, 2018 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you can make your language compatible, PLEASE do it. The last thing we need are more god damn scripts.

It sounds like they need 'kh' and 'zh' sounds and want to explicitly disambiguate vowel sounds to avoid being as messed up as English, which is fine, but that's not a hard problem. They're not doing anything super-fancy like, say, Chinese.

They had a sensible plan with digraphs, like everyone else who uses latin letters, but apostrophes? Oog. I'm surprised google doesn't handle them though. I mean, they're a sci-fi staple so you'd think people would already be searching for them.

*checks* Yeah, google handles them just fine. So... it's pretty much just 'people think they're ugly'.

Edited at 2018-01-18 05:23 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 18th, 2018 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well ...

I think we do need more scripts. I think it's better for a language to have a writing system that fits it exactly instead of making modifications to someone else's system that doesn't really fit. Trying to make everyone else use a Latinate alphabet is an insidious form of linguistic colonialism that undermines independent languages. You're always reminded that the alphabet isn't really yours because it doesn't fit. It's like wearing hand-me-down clothes, never quite comfortable.
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