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Government of Karelia approved uniform Karelian language alphabet

Head of Karelia Sergey Katanandov signed the governmental order of republic on approval of alphabets of Karelian and Vepsian languages.

Vepsian language alphabet

Vepsian language alphabet

For the first time the alphabet of Karelian language has been approved legislatively in 1989. Then it have been approved in Livvik dialect. Thus, textbooks, national newspapers and telecasts were published in two dialects of Karelian language - Livvik and properly Karelian. In different variants Karelian language was taught in Petrozavodsk institutes of higher education.

Karelian language alphabet

Karelian language alphabet

In 1989, upon approval of two variants of Vepsian language in Latin and Cyrillics, it also developed various ways. Lately only one ABC-book on the basis of Cyrillics has been published, and all textbooks and fiction is published in Latin script. Practice has shown, that Vepsian language alphabet on the basis of Cyrillics remained unclaimed.

To facilitate studying native languages for schoolchildren and students, Head of Karelia Sergey Katanandov initiated creating uniform alphabets for each of languages. Scientists, teachers, writers and journalists writing in national languages, managed to perform this task - insignificant editing allowed creating uniform alphabet of Karelian language, and Latin was decided to remain the basis of Vepsian language.

Now schoolchildren's and student's works can be typed on regular computer in Karelian in standard text editors that have all necessary symbols. Earlier, some elements of letters of Karelian alphabet were inserted manually or using special equipment.

It is important, that creation of uniform Karelian alphabet will also serve as the first step to creation of uniform literary Karelian language.

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