Latvian is a member of the Indo-European family of languages, situated within the Baltic branch. It is the official language of Latvia, which comprises almost two million native speakers. There is also some debate regarding whether the Latgalian and New Curonian languages should be grouped within the Latvian language or remain separate, as they are all incredibly similar and mostly interchangeable with one another. For now though, most native Latvians speak the language professionally and socially in addition to at home.
Latvian as a language emerged following the consolidation of various Baltic tribes around the thirteenth century. During this time, Christianity was also gaining influence following the Livonian Crusade. The oldest written form of Latvian dates back to 1530 in the form of a translation of a hymn. However, it wasn’t until the twentieth century that the Latvian alphabet was elaborated upon. During the Soviet era, Latvian as a language as well as a country both decreased in influence and population as residents emigrated in large numbers to neighboring countries. In the early 1990s the language experienced a revival however, and now the government has officially adopted Latvian for all their proceedings.
There are three dialects within the Latvian language: Livonian, Middle and High Latvian. These dialects vary by geographic location. However, the standard Latvian language has continued to grow throughout the twentieth and 21st centuries and within the Latvia and neighboring countries it is becoming more and more important to be fluent in the language. Educational systems in the country promote it heavily, as does the government. In the year 2000, for the first time official Latvian was used on college applications across the country.
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