Livonian language coming to a sad, final full stop

  • 2003-03-13
  • Julie Vinten
Livonians are the second indigenous people of Latvia. But today only 177 people are described as Livonian in their passports. There are only about five Livonian native speakers left in the world, with two of them in Latvia. A language that has existed for centuries will soon be extinct.Valts Ernstreits is one those people fighting to document the language before that happens. He has published a Livonian-Latvian dictionary and a Livonian poetry anthology and has helped with the publications of other works. He now teaches Livonian at the University of Latvia in Riga where the language has bee...
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