6 of 7 great seven is use Latin ABC

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  1. Interaktive

    Interaktive Active Member

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    6 of 7 great seven is use Latin ABC
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    I think, it most developed ABC. And you?
    I, like German in Ukraine for Latinization of Ukraine
     
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    kazenatsu Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    I suppose it could be possible.

    The reasons why different countries in Eastern Europe use either the Latin or Cyrillic script letters is rather complicated and wrapped up in history.

    Typically Latin countries use Latin script while Slavic countries use Cyrillic.

    Poland is an exception, but used Latin script due to a close connection with the Roman Catholic Church. In part that was due to a connection to Holy Roman Empire and the Kingdom of Bohemia (also more of a slavic nation, but was German controlled).

    Interestingly, Romania uses Latin script while Bulgaria, south of Romania, uses cyrillic script. Romania used the Cyrillic script before 1830.
    Supposedly Cyrillic was more suitable to the phonology of the Romanian language than the current Romanian Latin alphabet.

    The Byzantine Empire used mostly the Greek language (and with that, cyrillic), even though Latin was the official language before the sixth century.

    Historically the western half of Ukraine was once controlled by Poland, before it later completely fell under the Russian Empire.
     
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    To explain why Romania originally switched from Latin (which was used during the Middle Ages) to Cyrillic, that may have been because their church later came under pressure from the Orthodox Church in Constantinople. It was an attempt at closer religious unification. At that time, the Eastern Orthodox Church had two main liturgical languages, Greek and Old Slavonic, both of which used the Cyrillic script. As often happened in those days, the liturgic language became also the language of foreign ambassadors and the court. Later, during the rise of Nationalism, Romania considered itself a Latin country due to older historical connections. Romanians regard themselves as the descendants of the ancient Romans who conquered southern Transylvania under the emperor Trajan in the year 105, as well as descendants of the native Dacians, so they do not really consider themselves so much Slavic in origin. In these ancient times, Latin was in common use in Romania. (DNA has shown that the population in the core part of Romania is most closely related to Serbia and Northern Macedonia, so that would make Romania fall under the wider Slavic family, though not as close to Russians, Ukrainians, and Poles)
     
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    What do you mean by "German in Ukraine"?
     

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