Foreign News: Dialect Alphabets

Buffalo, New York, helped Angora, Turkey, last week in spreading the new gospel of a 31-letter Latinized alphabet which dynamic President Mustafa Kemal Pasha has made obligatory throughout the Turkish Republic (TIME, Sept. 17). The trouble has been to keep the new, distinct, simple characters from being corrupted by the addition of old-style Turkish flourishes. Many a young Turk, once he has mastered the new letters at a Government school, goes home to his village and soon develops a "dialect alphabet" which only his closest intimates can...

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