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Dialectologia et Geolinguistica

Journal of the International Society for Dialectology and Geolinguistics

Ed. by Nahl, Astrid

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Latvian in Siberia: The Present and Prospects

Anna Stafecka
Published Online: 2009-03-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/DIG.2008.006


This paper deals with the language used in Latvian settlements in Siberia. It is based on the author's observations and on data gathered during three ethnolinguistic expeditions to Lejas Bulana, in the Krasnoyarsk District, in 1991 and 2004, as well as to Timofejevka, in the Novosibirsk District, in 2006.

An analysis was carried out to assess the extent of the Latvian language in these areas, which are separated from their ethnic territory. The study focussed on the language skills of different generations, depending on their education, religious identity and amount of communication with Latvia. The situation is better in Lejas Bulana, where in recent years teachers have been coming from Latvia. However, this community is losing its young generation to big cities, where their exposure to Latvian culture is lost, and thus little by little they begin to forget the Latvian language

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Published Online: 2009-03-19

Published in Print: 2008-11-01

Citation Information: Dialectologia et Geolinguistica, Volume 2008, Issue 16, Pages 97–107, ISSN (Online) 1867-0903, ISSN (Print) 0942-4040, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/DIG.2008.006.

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