Spring 2001 (9.1)
Editor: We received several
letters this time related to materials that we have developed
about the Azeri language and about our new language-related Web
Let me tell you, I absolutely love your column, "Sociolinguistically
Speaking!" It's the first thing I look for in every new
issue. Ever critical, I sometimes quip at the explanations given.
No matter. My criticisms are very minor. The fact is that I believe
this column to be very helpful for the learners of Azeri, and
I always recommend it for those who are interested in our language.
Another Web site, Learning Practical Turkish, uses a somewhat
similar approach. You might be interested in checking it out
But AZERI.org is, by far, the best
compilation of Azeri resources anywhere online (or offline, for
that matter). Not only does it enable foreigners to study and
appreciate our language, it gives native speakers ample food
for thought and the opportunity to debate matters of consequence
for the well-being and development of Azeri, such as usage, changes
in our alphabet and standardization of fonts.
Saitama (near Tokyo), Japan
(Now returning home to Baku after studying in Japan for the past
Editor: This Spring 2001 issue
of Azerbaijan International includes the ninth installment of
"Sociolinguistically Speaking". Previous columns may
be read or downloaded and printed from our Web site, AZERI.org. Click on LEARNING
AZERI. To our knowledge, it is the only series published in English
that examines the dynamics of the Azeri language in social context.
The articles examine Azerbaijani etiquette and social norms,
and may even provide insight into cultural issues for those who
don't want to tackle learning the Azeri language.
AZERI.org created by Azerbaijan
International in August 2000, is devoted to articles both in
the Azeri language and about it. Articles appear in Azeri Latin,
the official script of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and in the
modified Arabic script, familiar to Azerbaijanis who live in,
or who have grown up in, Iran. The Web site also has articles
in English that discuss the nature of Azeri, the transition from
the Cyrillic script to Latin (1991) and language materials that
assist in learning Azeri.
Note that AZERI.org does not require any
fonts to be downloaded for either the Latin or Arabic scripts.
Text is accessible for both IBM and Mac systems. This is possible
because the materials are prepared in GIF image format. There
are currently more than 3,000 GIF files and photos, and the site
is growing, almost on a daily basis. Our latest development is
an Azeri Latin literature section featuring the works of outstanding
contemporary authors such as Anar, Yusif Samadoghlu, Sabir Ahmadli
and others. Also, there's a new section featuring lyrics to popular
songs in Azeri Latin. Many files include links to English translations.
(9.1) Spring 2001.
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