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Lettish

(lĕt`ĭsh), see LatvianLatvian
or Lettish
, a language belonging to the Baltic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Baltic languages). The mother tongue of close to 3 million persons living chiefly in Latvia, Latvian first became that country's official language in 1918,
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Latgalian authors, reflecting the everyday life of their people, reveal the mystery of this land, which, in turn, try, but cannot do the authors writing in the literary Latvian language and who have the view from the outside.
Moreover, non-citizens are discriminated in the labour market as they cannot hold certain positions in governmental institutions and civil service and often in other spheres due to their lack of knowledge of Latvian language.
The major concerns about the law stemmed from the inclusion of a strict quota provision, its sixteen-year residency requirement, and a demand for a high level of proficiency in the Latvian language. The quota provision proved to be the most controversial part of the draft law.
So the embassy hosted a reception where Latvian journalists, music legends, actors and politicians celebrated the Latvian language. One of Latvia's leading music producers asked the embassy to present the award for best song at the Latvian Music Awards, Latvia's equivalent of the Grammys.
A certain standardisation of the Latvian language, as it may be believed, was spontaneously taking place already during the pre-written stage, i.
The Latvian language is one of the oldest still in existence.
He presented a copy of the Latvian language version to Latvian honorary consul in Wales Andris Taurins Mr Taurins said: ``There are enormous opportunities for businesses in Wales and Latvia to work together, to trade and to learn from each other.
Concern for the French language in Quebec in the 1960s and 1970s and the Latvian language in the then Soviet Union in the late 1980s and in the new Latvian state in the 1990s were ignited by some of the same demographic and assimilative forces in the two societies.
At the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union, ethnic Latvians were only 52 percent of the total population of Latvia, and official use of the Latvian language had greatly diminished while Russian had become the dominant language.
They also work on the hot issue of integration between Russians and Latvians, a legacy of the Soviet era when the Latvian language was only spoken at home and cultural traditions were not supported.
Because the Baltic States want to join the European Union and NATO Russia, with the help of High Commissioner for OSCE Mark van der Stool, want to force the Latvian Parliament to amend the citizenship law, so that children of non citizens may claim citiz enship, if they were born after August 21, 1991 (when Latvia regained her independence), or who know the state language or have graduated from a Latvian language school.

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