Livonian is part of the south-western branch of Finnic languages. The last native speaker, Viktor Berthold, died on 28th Februrary 2009, but there is a small number of people who have learnt Livonian as a second language and who are trying to revive the language. Inter-generational transmission of the language broke down during the early 20th century.
Livonian is closely related to Estonian and Finnish and its orthography combines elements from both Estonian and Latvian spelling. The first book in Livonian was published in 1863.
Min izāmō, min sindimō,
ūod ārmaz rānda sa,
kus rāndanaigās kazābõd
vel vanād, vizād piedāgõd.
Min ārmaz īlmas ūod set sa,
min tõurõz izāmō!
part of Min izāmō (My Fatherland), the national anthem of Livonians http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min_izāmō
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