Livonian (Līvõ kēļ)
Livonian is part of the south-western branch of Finnic languages.
The last fluent native speaker, Grizelda Kristina, died in June 2013
at the age of 103, but there are 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.
Livonian alphabet and pronunication
Sample text in Livonian
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
Numbers in Livonian |
An article about another 'last' Livonian speaker
Information about the Livonian language and people
Virtual Livonia - information about the Livonian people, language and culture
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet