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Submitted by Ömer (Turkey), May 17, 2007 at 02:21

....was that Turkish did not fill in well with Arabic.

Turkish is heavy on the vowels and Arabic diacritical marks weren't much use. It would have been easier to amend the Arabic alphabet, but there was also the fact that despite centuries of its use, literacy was sub-10% at the time. The Latin alphabet is easier.

And, no, we did not change our alphabet to be more European. :))

The rest is of your comment is frivolous.

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