Azerbaijani turkologists: Latin alphabet will greatly facilitate mutual understanding between the Turkic-speaking peoples
Transition to the Latin script is a historical necessity for Kazakhstan. New script will help to keep up with the times and successfully integrate into the world space. In addition, it will have a positive impact on the development of the Kazakh culture in general and on the acceleration of interaction with other languages of the world. Azerbaijani turkologists believe that the romanization of the alphabet will greatly facilitate mutual understanding between the Turkic-speaking peoples.
NIZAMI JAFAROV, PROFESSOR, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT:
- Latinisation of the alphabet is a cultural process. Therefore, the transition of the Kazakh language to the Latin script can be regarded as the beginning of a new stage in the Turkic culture. The decision of President Nursultan Nazarbayev is historic. The process is underway. There will be improvements too. Azerbaijani language has also passed this way.
According to Azerbaijani experts, transition of Kazakhstan to the Latin script will become a driver of promotion of the Kazakh literature in the world. Transition to the Latin script began in 1991 in Azerbaijan and ended 10 years after. According to experts, it is good that the introduction of the Latin script in Kazakhstan will also go in stages.
MOHSUN NAGISOYLU, DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTICS:
- The integration of the Turkic-speaking peoples is of great importance now. This applies to economic, cultural, and linguistic spheres. We implement joint projects with the International Turkic Academy that operates in Kazakhstan. Textbooks on common Turkic history, geography, and literature for secondary schools are being prepared. We are planning to write a book on general Turkic grammar. From this point of view, the transition of the Kazakh language to the Latin script is of great importance. Kazakhstan occupies a significant place among the Turkic-speaking states. Therefore, this process will bring it closer to other Turkic peoples.