doctorow at October 21st, 2013 11:00 — #1
jardine at October 21st, 2013 11:08 — #2
Time for these three to celebrate!
retepslluerb at October 21st, 2013 11:12 — #3
ü is a new letter? That will come as a big surprise to all the Brülls out there.
s2redux at October 21st, 2013 12:26 — #4
And don't forget these guys!
boundegar at October 21st, 2013 13:08 — #5
I am concerned. How do they subtitle their Bond movies?
felton at October 21st, 2013 13:20 — #6
mzed at October 21st, 2013 15:28 — #7
Fun fact: Q, V, and X don't exist in the Polish alphabet. They aren't illegal, though.
beemoh at October 21st, 2013 20:48 — #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 at October 22nd, 2013 01:55 — #9
There's got to be a decent "Fuh-Q" joke in there somewhere...
timquinn at October 22nd, 2013 02:00 — #10
I am shocked and appalled.
kaleberg7 at October 22nd, 2013 12:50 — #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 at October 22nd, 2013 13:04 — #12
One might even say it will come as an "überraschung."
doctorow at October 26th, 2013 11:00 — #13
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