Võro

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A language of Estonia

Alternate Names
Voro, Võro-Seto, Voru, Võru
Population

60,000 (2009 S. Iva).

Location

South-East Estonia - Võru and Põlva counties, parts of Valga and Tartu counties (about 10% of Estonia’s territory).

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Eastern Võro, Seto, Western Võro. Seto is linguisticaly very close to Eastern Võro but many Setos consider Seto an independent language. There are about 5,000 Seto speakers. A member of macrolanguage Estonian [est].

Language Use

Rapid shift to Standard Estonian [ekk]. Promotion and revival of Võro, which includes teachers, politicians, poets, geographers, and administrators, attempting to increase the usage. Home, workplace. Few children; most are elderly speakers living in rural areas.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1686–1905.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.