Q, W, X

Three new letters, X, W, Q are proposed to be added to the Turkish alphabet as part of the attempts to integrate Kurdish language. Once upon a time, only in the last decade, people were sentenced because they used these letters in their political rhetoric…


I am not sure but in this classical photo of Atatürk where he teaches the new Latin alphabet to citizens, one can see the W letter on the left upper side of the blackboard. So nationalist reaction to the addition to these letters a bit derailed?

Are Kurdish letters welcome in the Turkish alphabet?

Some news reports on Wednesday claimed that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, which is currently working on a democratization initiative to settle Turkey’s long-standing Kurdish problem, plans to add the letters q, w and x, which are used in Kurdish but not in Turkish, to the Turkish alphabet as part of its efforts to reconcile with Kurds, who have been prevented from enjoying their language and culture.
Full list of proposed reforms can be found in this post:  

Extensive Kurdish Reforms Proposed

PM Erdogan met with some of his ministers on Monday to discuss plans for expanding Kurdish cultural rights. A leaked account of the resulting draft report appeared in Today’s Zaman (click here). It remains to be seen whether these plans can be realized against the opposition of nationalist parties in parliament. Some of the plans:

Three main axes and parties to the initiative

I listened to the speech Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered on Wednesday. He was speaking at an iftar (fast-breaking dinner) hosted by the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) local organization in İstanbul. Elite groups from İstanbul were invited to the dinner.

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