Aigars wrote:Firstly, Finno-Ugric languages have nothing to do with Baltic languages (at least at present in Latvia), not even with Indo-European I believe. Although there is a Latvian dialect called Latgalian or "Livonian dialect" it shouldn't be confused with the Livonian language.
Secondly: I read about the German monks in a museum in Sigulda in Latvia once. But I may be mistaken. I see that Wikipedia and a book about the Baltic countries of mine doesn't describe it that way.
Aigars wrote:Are any of you acqainted with one Baltic language or more?
Sobekhotep wrote:My stepfather is of Lithuanian heritage (with a Lithuanian surname) so I've read up on that language quite a bit. I really like the orthography; quite similar to Czech which is another language I have "expertise" in.
I don't really know any Lithuanian, though, aside from some random words & phrases.
I don't know any Latvian at all.
Can Latvian speakers understand written &/or spoken Lithuanian?
Talib wrote:Of course they're going to sound Slavic after prolonged contacts between the two groups. There are almost as many Russian speakers in Latvia as native Latvians, are there not?
Talib wrote:Fair enough, but there have been contacts between Baltic-speaking and Slavic nations since at least the medieval period, right?
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