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Reply #66 seneca's post
How can YOU say that? You are talking with a forked tongue!
You mean tongue-in-cheek?
I don't know how to "fork" my tongue.
But I think I can do with a tongue in the cheek.
Since the Uis devised the Mongolian script it stands to reason that they had a script of their own until some time ago when Arabic replaced it.
We have spoken about this before. Ui have many scripts.
5th to 19th century
20th to 21th century
The writing of Uyghur saw many changes during the 20th century mostly to do political decisions, both from Soviet and Chinese side. The Soviet Union first tried to romanize the writing of the language, but soon after decided to promote a Cyrillic-derived alphabet during the late 1920s, known as Uyghur Siril Yéziqi, fearing that a romanization of the language would strengthen the relationship of the Uyghur people to other Turkic peoples.
With the proclamation of the People's Republic of China in 1949 and change to communism, the promotion of a Cyrillic-derived alphabet also began, but when the tensions between the Soviet Union and China grew bigger during the late 1950s, the Chinese devised a new alphabet based upon Pinyin, which is known as Uyghur Pinyin Yéziqi, and promoted this instead, and which soon became the official alphabet of usage.
Due to the unpopularity of the Pinyin-based alphabet, the Arabic-derived alphabet was reinstalled, although in a new modified form, which came to be known as Uyghur Ereb Yéziqi. However, due to the increasing importance of information technology, there has been requests for a Latin-derived alphabet, for easier use on computers. This resulted in five conferences between 2000 and 2001, where a Latin-derived alphabet was devised, known as Uyghur Latin Yéziqi, which however hasn't been widely accepted.
Today the Uyghur language is being written using four different alphabets.
Uyghur Ereb Yéziqi or UEY
Uyghur Latin Yéziqi or ULY
Uyghur Siril Yéziqi or USY
Uyghur Pinyin Yéziqi or UPNY