I'll take a stab at this one:
The modern Bulgarian alphabet has 30 letters.
The Modern Bulgarian Period started in the 15th century, but the modern literary language, which is quite different from Old Bulgarian, formed only during the 19th century.
Until that time St. Climent's original Cyrillic alphabet, containing 44 letters for 44 sounds, had been used; however, by the 19th century the Bulgarian sound system had changed dramatically and contained fewer sounds.
That necessitated an alphabet reform which reduced the number of letters used from 44 to 32; this modified alphabet was used until the Orthographic reform of 1945.
Most letters in the Bulgarian alphabet stand for one specific sound and that sound only.
Response last updated by Terry on May 13 2021.
Jun 24 2008, 8:22 PM