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Ina Druviete; University of Latvia

Dace Strelevica-Ošina; University of Latvia

 

Summary

This paper gives an insight into the present sociolinguistic situation in Latvia – from a synopsis of the language–related legislature to the aspects of contact/conflict and interaction between various languages and language variants in Latvia. A brief chronological overview of the history of the Latvian language and of the linguistic situation in Latvia is also provided, highlighting the crucial events and elements that have gradually shaped the language attitudes and sociolinguistic climate of Latvia today.

 

Keywords

sociolinguistics; history of language; language policy; Latvian

 

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