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International Journal of the Sociology of Language

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Volume 2008, Issue 192


Emblems of independence: script choice in post-Soviet Turkmenistan

Victoria Clement
Published Online: 2008-07-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/IJSL.2008.042


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.

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Published Online: 2008-07-09

Published in Print: 2008-07-01

Citation Information: International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Volume 2008, Issue 192, Pages 171–185, ISSN (Online) 1613-3668, ISSN (Print) 0165-2516, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/IJSL.2008.042.

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