A partisan of the adoption of the Latin alphabet for Volga Tatar language, the author details the technological and linguistic aspects that speak in favour of such a dramatic change.  Taking advantage of the continuation of public debates on Latin alphabet in the Republic of Tatarstan, he analyses the 34-character model adopted by a decree of President M. Shaimiev, and proposes an alternative simplified version, consisting of 26 characters—both showing very few consideration for the often complex (partly Arabic and Persian) etymology of modern-day Tatar language.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-6.3.B-580