doctorow — 2013-10-21T11:00:50-04:00 — #1
jardine — 2013-10-21T11:08:58-04:00 — #2
Time for these three to celebrate!
retepslluerb — 2013-10-21T11:12:22-04:00 — #3
ü is a new letter? That will come as a big surprise to all the Brülls out there.
s2redux — 2013-10-21T12:26:48-04:00 — #4
And don't forget these guys!
boundegar — 2013-10-21T13:08:12-04:00 — #5
I am concerned. How do they subtitle their Bond movies?
felton — 2013-10-21T13:20:01-04:00 — #6
mzed — 2013-10-21T15:28:12-04:00 — #7
Fun fact: Q, V, and X don't exist in the Polish alphabet. They aren't illegal, though.
beemoh — 2013-10-21T20:48:46-04:00 — #8
Clearly this is the result of a huge lobbying campaign by Jim Henson's Children's Television Workshop. The Turkish government has been in the pocket of Big Bird for too long. #OccupySesameStreet
sockdoll — 2013-10-22T01:55:11-04:00 — #9
There's got to be a decent "Fuh-Q" joke in there somewhere...
timquinn — 2013-10-22T02:00:09-04:00 — #10
I am shocked and appalled.
kaleberg7 — 2013-10-22T12:50:45-04:00 — #11
The Russians, now Communist, were reforming the alphabet in Central Asia through the 20s and 30s, though they were using Cyrillic. There were a lot of bloody arguments about the G sound, if I remember correctly.
Another thing to consider, aside from printing, was telegraphy. Back then, the Morse Code was a real thing, and if you didn't have a latin alphabet, you had to resort to some ad hoc scheme. If you wanted to use a teletype machine, you had to latinize or invent your own. (Yes, the Japanese invented their own telegraphic schemes, but Japan was also industrializing in a way that Turkey was not.)
The Turks were always very progressive technologically. The cannon was invented in Europe, but the Turks were the great non-European cannon builders of the 15th & 16th centuries. They installed the first printing press in the Arab world.
brainspore — 2013-10-22T13:04:50-04:00 — #12
One might even say it will come as an "überraschung."
doctorow — 2013-10-26T11:00:55-04:00 — #13
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