christina mirabilis (klokanek) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Ataturk and Turkish

Over a game of pool last night, a friend and I discussed what reforms Ataturk brought to Turkish language.  I say he changed the alphabet, but my friend says he created New Turkish, a new language.

What is the truth?  And where is the proof that I can show my friend, whether he's right or wrong?

Thanks!
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