October 25, 2005

language matters?

you bet it does. just ask the 20 poor slobs who had to cough up 100 new turkish lira (about $76US) each for using the letters "Q" and "W" in kurdish language placards in turkey. it seems that these letters aren't in the turkish alphabet and there's a 1928 law ("Law on the Adoption and Application of Turkish Letters") that requires all signs and what not to only use turkish letters. in case you don't already know, turkey moved from an arabic to a "modified" latin script in the 1920's, pretty gutsy thing to do. i guess they needed tough laws to push this kind of reform through.

this is all news to me....i wonder how they advertize windows there? i know we have a good group of turkish coldfusion users, care to shed some light on this guys?

from CNN.


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