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The Literati and the Letters: A Few Words on the Turkish Alphabet Reform

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This paper explores the varied reactions of the Turkish literati and intelligentsia to the adoption of the Roman script imposed by Mustafa Kemal Atatrk in 1928. Though alphabet reform had been on the agenda for almost 75 years, few intellectuals and bureaucrats had been supportive of romanisation in the years preceding the move. However after the implementation of the reform, opponents remained silent or were seemingly converted. This article discusses the reasons behind the silence and conve...

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10.1017/S1356186309990277

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Oriental Studies
Role:
Author
Journal:
JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY
Volume:
20
Issue:
1
Pages:
11-24
Publication date:
2010-01-05
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EISSN:
1474-0591
ISSN:
1356-1863
URN:
uuid:b7d33a4b-78c1-4791-a60d-397000f3a5b0
Source identifiers:
298952
Local pid:
pubs:298952
Language:
English

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