It is necessary to preserve the laws of synharmonism and assimilation after the transition to the Latin alphabet. This will preserve the correct pronunciation, the beauty of the language and its harmony, governor of South Kazakhstan region Zhanseit Tuimebayev said during a meeting with Turkologists and intellectuals in Shymkent. The scientists noted that the transition of the Kazakh alphabet to the Latin script is necessary for future generation of Kazakhstanis to expand the circle of communication, increase access to information, and facilitate the learning of international languages.

 

ONALBAI AYASHOV, RECTOR, SOUTH KAZAKHSTAN STATE PEDAGOGICAL INSTITUTE:

 - I have to say that the Cyrillic script made the Kazakh alphabet very complicated. Children need to be taught more simplified alphabet. Children should enjoy the first year at school, it is necessary to give them freedom, an opportunity to think creatively. I think in this respect, the transition to the Latin script will be a suitable step in education.

 

The public forum participants in Akmola region believe that the Latin script will bring Kazakhstan closer to the global community, where the overwhelming majority of countries use the Latin script. Civil society representatives and experts adopted the Appeal on transition to the Latin alphabet.

 

NATALIA DEMENTYEVA, MEMBER OF PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY OF KAZAKHSTAN, AKMOLA REGION:

 - Latin is the basis of the modern technological environment, all programming languages and info-communication technologies. We understand this and support this initiative. Transition to the Latin alphabet is a great breakthrough in the minds of our people. Forum participants believe that the transition has advantages and will open great prospects for the development of the language and the country as a whole.

 

Doctor of philology, Berdibai Shalabai believes that transition to the Latin script will play an important role in the further interaction and rapprochement of 40 Turkic-speaking nations. According to him, this will foster promotion of the Kazakh literature.

 

BERDIBAI SHALABAI, DOCTOR OF PHILOLOGICAL SCIENCES, PROFESSOR:

 - Latin is needed for the young people; it is for those who are still in the cradle. This is their future. I suppose that the elder generation is a bit worried, but I want to remind we are returning to our roots. The Kazakh language should preserve its peculiarities.

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