From: Herman Ranes (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Oct 01 2002 - 12:27:37 EDT
The core area for written Gagauz is the Gagauz Autonomous Region
(Gagauz-Yeri) in Moldova. The language has official status since
autonomy in 1994. Virtually every Gagauz in Moldova who is literate in
Gagauz is literate in Moldovan[Roumanian] and/or Russian as well.
Moldovan[Roumanian] uses Latin script with s-comma and t-comma. Turkish
_is_ closely related to Gagauz (they are both Turkic languages), but the
language is not used in Gagauz-Yeri. Turkish uses c-cedilla and
s-cedilla. I suppose it would be utterly difficult to educate the people
of Gagauz-Yeri to use the s-cedilla to write Gagauz, and the s-comma to
write Moldovan[Roumanian] ... The only reasonable choice would be to use
comma-letters only in both latin-script languages on Gagauz-Yeri territory.
But this is less an encoding matter, and more a political one, which
will be decided upon in Chișinău and Komrat/Comrat. Moldova ist the most
impoverished country in Europe, and are these somewhat subtle matters
given high priority there?
Is there any Gagauz to ask, Michael ... ?
Michael Everson skreiv:
> At 11:10 -0400 2002-09-26, Robert wrote:
>> The proper encoding of those letters is with *cedilla* (yup -- the
>> French kind...); thus, c-cedilla, g-cedilla, s-cedilla, t-cedilla, and
>> so on!
> The proper encoding of the relevant ones in Romanian is s-comma-below
> and t-comma-below.
> The proper encoding of the relevant ones in Turkish is c-cedilla and
> What the proper encoding in Gagauz is is problematic. It is a Turkic
> language so one would expect cedilla, but it is used in Romania and
> Moldova (and Bulgaria and Greece), so the conculusion as to which is
> preferred is not necessarily foregone.
> We are going to ask the Gagauzi.
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