Attitudes of Astana People to the Establishment of Unique State Language in Office Work

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KAZAKHSTAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, ECONOMIC AND STRATEGIC RESEARCH

COLLEGE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

Course: Research, Reading and Writing Skills

Attitudes of Astana people to establishment of unique state language in the office work in Kazakhstan

Instructor: Aigul Kaikenova

20050614, Tsoy Andrey
20052078, Magzumova Umut
BAE-1, Summer-1 2006

Acknowledgement

We want to acknowledge our parents for participating and helping us to conduct a questionnaire in the state institutions in Astana. Also we would like to thank Saltanat – secretary of head of government – for distribution of questionnaires among respondents and operate actions in delivering results to Almaty.

Abstract
Nowadays the issue of languages is one of the most actual, disputable. That is why government tries to improve the conditions of state language. This year new law was created; it states that all documentations must be written in Kazakh. This change cause many disputes and discussions and becomes more popular. As an actual issue this problem was chosen by the authors of research. The research question: what is the viewpoint of Astana citizens to establishment of unique state language in office work? Research objectives are to inquire into views of people to this law, find the advantages and disadvantages of change, to define the impact of transition on the process of work. After analyzing possible consequences, following research hypothesis was made: people would have negative point of view on the establishment. In order to achieve more efficiency the instrument of survey design – questionnaire – was chosen. It was conducted among 20 people - the inhabitants of Astana – who work in the state institutions, because change of language in the office work impacts them directly. Convenience sampling was used, because authors chose merely closest persons as respondents. At the base of results of questionnaire it was found that 70% of people have positive, 25% neutral, 5% negative attitude to the change. Thus, the results of questionnaire shows that the authors’ hypothesis was not justified: it was defined that people have positive viewpoint on the establishment, also there is no almost any difficulties connected with the change and it does not impact on the process and quality of the work.

Table of Contents

Abstractv
I. Introduction5
A. Reasons for Undertaking Research5
B. Research Methods6
C. Research Structure6
II. Literature review8
A. Historical background of Kazakh language8
B. Status of Kazakh language nowadays9
C. Problems and discussions on the issue9
D. Summary11
III. Field research (Questionnaire results)12
A. General information12
B. Demographic (indirect) data12
C. Attitudes of people (direct) data14
D. Summary16
IV. Analysis and discussion17
Univariate analyse17
a. Analyzing demographic data17
b. Analyzing attitudes of people to the establishment17 V. Conclusion19
Bibliographyvi
Appendix Questionnairevii

I. Introduction
A. Reasons for Undertaking Research
For almost 300 years Kazakhstan was under the pressure of neighbour Russia, so since it was happened our cultural wealth began to eradicate. Language was almost lost, and nobody knew what would be in the future. Unfortunately, the most powerful and developing country – Soviet Union – fell to pieces (Akishev, 1996). So, since from 1990 year there were born new countries. And Kazakhstan was not exception. Like a newborn baby, country started to do its first steps. In this way new constitution was created. “Kazakh is a state language, and Russian is official” says the constitution of Kazakhstan. But this year new law took place: “since 2007 year all...
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