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Kazakh

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Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers: 8,077,770

 

Language Family: Altaic, Turkic

 

Spoken in:

 

China, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

 

History:
 
Kazakh was first written with the Arabic script during the 19th century when a number of poets, educated in Islamic schools, incited revolt against Russia. Russia's response was to set up secular schools and devise a way of writing Kazakh with the Cyrillic alphabet, which was not widely accepted. By 1917, the Arabic script was reintroduced, even in schools and local government. Recently as part of a modernization program the government of Kazakhstan has stated plans to replace the Cyrillic alphabet with the Latin alphabet. Currently the costs and consequences of such a move are being investigated.

 

Sources:The Ethnologue & Omniglot

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