#1 By: Cory Doctorow, October 21st, 2013 11:00
#2 By: Jardine, October 21st, 2013 11:08
Time for these three to celebrate!
#3 By: retepslluerb, October 21st, 2013 11:12
ü is a new letter? That will come as a big surprise to all the Brülls out there.
#4 By: Stu, October 21st, 2013 12:26
And don't forget these guys!
#5 By: Boundegar, October 21st, 2013 13:08
I am concerned. How do they subtitle their Bond movies?
#6 By: Daniel Johnson, October 21st, 2013 13:20
#7 By: Michael Zbyszyński, October 21st, 2013 15:28
Fun fact: Q, V, and X don't exist in the Polish alphabet. They aren't illegal, though.
#8 By: beemoh, October 21st, 2013 20:48
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
#9 By: sockdoll, October 22nd, 2013 01:55
There's got to be a decent "Fuh-Q" joke in there somewhere...
#10 By: Tim Quinn, October 22nd, 2013 02:00
I am shocked and appalled.
#11 By: Kaleberg, October 22nd, 2013 12:50
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.
#12 By: Tim, October 22nd, 2013 13:04
One might even say it will come as an "überraschung."
#13 By: Cory Doctorow, October 26th, 2013 11:00
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