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« on: July 04, 2011, 11:40:03 AM »

When did Eastern Europe adopt the Latin alphabet?  I remember my grandfather showing me books written in the Slovak language, but also Cyrillic.  He said that a small minority use the cyrillic alphabet in Slovakia. 

When did they stop using Cyrillic and start using the Latin?
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2011, 11:57:55 AM »

Slovakian ancestors stopped using Cyrillic after Quia te zelo fidei bulla by Pope Stephen V in 885. Those Cyrillic writing must come from the Rusyn people.
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2011, 12:03:48 PM »

Slovakian ancestors stopped using Cyrillic after Quia te zelo fidei bulla by Pope Stephen V in 885. Those Cyrillic writing must come from the Rusyn people.
AFAIK, the Slovaks never used Cyrillic. They used Glagolitic.
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2011, 12:04:38 PM »

Slovakian ancestors stopped using Cyrillic after Quia te zelo fidei bulla by Pope Stephen V in 885. Those Cyrillic writing must come from the Rusyn people.
AFAIK, the Slovaks never used Cyrillic. They used Glagolitic.

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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2011, 02:04:19 PM »

Slovakian ancestors stopped using Cyrillic after Quia te zelo fidei bulla by Pope Stephen V in 885. Those Cyrillic writing must come from the Rusyn people.
AFAIK, the Slovaks never used Cyrillic. They used Glagolitic.
The Slovaks or the Bohemians in the 9th century?
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2011, 04:16:05 PM »

** warning...totally shooting in the dark here...**  But I always understood that the standardization of latinizing the letters took place under communism.  Like in Yugoslavia, it was Tito who standardized the way you transliterated your name.  there were no other options than the one he set up for everyone. 

That's always the way I understood it...
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2011, 04:21:17 PM »

Slovakian ancestors stopped using Cyrillic after Quia te zelo fidei bulla by Pope Stephen V in 885. Those Cyrillic writing must come from the Rusyn people.
AFAIK, the Slovaks never used Cyrillic. They used Glagolitic.
The Slovaks or the Bohemians in the 9th century?
The Moravians, to be more precise. The Bohemians took over after the fall of Greater Moravia.
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2011, 04:33:04 PM »

Slovakian ancestors stopped using Cyrillic after Quia te zelo fidei bulla by Pope Stephen V in 885. Those Cyrillic writing must come from the Rusyn people.
AFAIK, the Slovaks never used Cyrillic. They used Glagolitic.

For the sake of the non-initiated, such as myself:



More info: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/glagolitic.htm

Alphabets are so fascinating.
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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2011, 04:41:37 PM »

It seems that the Slavs didn't start adapting the Latin Alphabet until the 13th century: Czech was under German, the Poles used Latin,  the Sorbians remained illiterate, and the Slovaks followed their Hungarian masters in using Latin.  Only in the 14th century did it begin in earnest, and only with the Reformation did it become common.

IOW, rather late.
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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2011, 04:53:43 PM »

It seems that the Slavs didn't start adapting the Latin Alphabet until the 13th century: Czech was under German, the Poles used Latin,  the Sorbians remained illiterate, and the Slovaks followed their Hungarian masters in using Latin.  Only in the 14th century did it begin in earnest, and only with the Reformation did it become common.

IOW, rather late.

I assume you meant "serbians" not "sorbians"...?
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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2011, 04:57:14 PM »

I don't think so
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorbs
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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2011, 05:07:08 PM »


what would we do without the internet.  thanks Mike.
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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2011, 11:59:26 AM »


what would we do without the internet.  thanks Mike.

Thanks! It's nice to know that the Rusyns aren't the only 'unknown' Slavs.
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« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2011, 04:04:37 PM »


what would we do without the internet.  thanks Mike.

Thanks! It's nice to know that the Rusyns aren't the only 'unknown' Slavs.

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Hey what about the Wends???  For some, the Sorbs are also known as Wends.
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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2011, 04:16:10 PM »


what would we do without the internet.  thanks Mike.

Thanks! It's nice to know that the Rusyns aren't the only 'unknown' Slavs.

Oh, Sorbs are just Germans like Rusyns are just Ukrainians Wink
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