Summer 2000 (8.2)
Reform Too Slow
I read with interest your latest issue ("Alphabet and Language
in Transition", Spring AI 8.1) where you note that so many
people are complaining about how slow our transition has been
to the Latin alphabet and how perplexing this problem is in educating
The slower the process goes, the more unrealistic it seems to
make this transition to Latin. We continue using so many Russian
words in our everyday vocabulary. I've noticed that children
are absorbing these words, thinking they are standard Azeri.
The result is that we are beginning to speak some sort of mixed
language that somehow is not literary at all.
In this regard, the article in your magazine "Protecting
the Azerbaijani Language" and one written in the local newspaper
on the same topic about discussions that being carried out in
Parliament committees were extremely welcomed. Anar (President
of Azerbaijan's Writer's Union and head of the Parliament Committee
on Language matters) who provided AI with the information also
wrote the article in our local newspaper. "Finally! At last!"
I said to myself. It's "the first sparrow of its kind".
The next day I spoke to some of my colleagues about what was
being discussed in Parliament. The response was rather cool.
My Azeri friends were still complaining about the conversion
to the Latin script and my Russian friends keep talking about
how great Russian literature is and how stupid and ignorant "Turks"
(Azeris) were. These are the same stereotypes that were perpetrated
during the Soviet times and which continue on Russian TV today.
You've done a lot of good in Azerbaijan International by bringing
up these issues about language transition. Such information needs
to be shared with all the people of Azerbaijan. You can't imagine
how much we suffer because of lack of information.
(8.2) Summer 2000.
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