After a long tenure as chief editor for Lithuanian Radio and Television, the state television channel, Irena Smetoniene has recently become the director of the State Lithuanian Language Commission, the body responsible for language issues. Steven Paulikas talked to Smetoniene about the peculiar challenges facing the biggest of the two surviving Baltic languages and how her experience could help her address the country's most pressing linguistic concerns. Often called the most conservative of the world's living Indo-European languages, Lithuanian has captured the fascination of generations ...
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