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A language of Latvia

Alternate Names
“Lettisch” (pej.), “Lettish” (pej.)
Population

1,470,000 in Latvia (ELDIA 2012). Population total all countries: 1,552,260. L2 users: 497,000 in Latvia (ELDIA 2012).

Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (1998, Constitution, Article 4).

Dialects

Tamian is a subdialect of the Central Latvian dialect. A member of macrolanguage Latvian [lav].

Language Use

663,000 also use English [eng].

Language Development
Fully developed. Bible: 1689–1995.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.