Map of Turkic Alphabets

Written Turkic,” by Curzon, Coming Anarchy, 26 October 2005, http://www.cominganarchy.com/archives/2005/10/26/written-turkic/.

Curzon from ComingAnarchy presents a beautiful map on the three-way split in how Turkic languages are written

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Latin in the West, Cyrillic in the Center, Arabic in the East

Local expert Nathan gives his own view

And not just Cyrillic, but very different Cyrillic alphabets. I can kind of get written Kyrgyz and Kazakh, but I’m not entirely sure what sounds the vowels make.

On the map, I’d at least put Uzbekistan as a mix of blue and green. Even when I was there, Latin signs were fairly common and like I said, some kids couldn’t read Cyrillic.

Dari’s written in Arabic script. Tajik, however, is written in Cyrillic (but I think they’re supposed to be switching to Latin).

Beautiful cartography. Check it out

2 thoughts on “Map of Turkic Alphabets”

  1. Curzon,

    I remember being delighted when I read that Orscon Scott Card and I shared (share?) a hobby: drawing imaginary continents, populating them with countries, rivers, mountains, wars, etc. I used to do that all the time, though I still sometimes do if I am bored or listless. For that matter, when I got Sim City 2000 I spent almost all of my time at first in the “Urban Renewel Kid,” expressing myself through free-play city building.

    Cartography is a blast… and that was T.E. Lawrence's job too! Wot wot!

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