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Emblems of independence: script choice in post-Soviet Turkmenistan

  • Victoria Clement


Like so many societies that emerged from communism at the end of the twentieth century fortifying a local culture in order to extricate themselves from Moscow's influence, Turkmenistan replaced its script to symbolize a break from its Soviet past. The 1993–1995 plan to transition from Cyrillic to Latin anticipated Turkmenistan's new place in the international community. In exploring post-Soviet script change in Turkmenistan, this article illustrates the remarkable power of alphabets to denote, construct, and even memorialize a speech community's identity.

Published Online: 2008-07-09
Published in Print: 2008-July

© 2008 by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, D-10785 Berlin

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