Lithuanian language facts for kids
|Native speakers||2.96 million (Lithuania)
3.13 million (Worldwide) (date missing)
|Writing system||Roman script|
|Official language in|| Lithuania
|Recognised minority language in||Poland|
|Regulated by||Commission of the Lithuanian Language|
Lithuanian and Latvian are the only remaining Baltic languages. Both languages have many things in common. Lithuanian, however, adopted fewer words and phrases from German and other languages. However, long ago Lithuanian was affected by the Slavic languages, so the main barbarisms were replaced with Lithuanian words only in 1920, by Lithuanian philologist Jonas Jablonskis and others.
There are two main dialects of Lithuanian. Samogitian is the dialect mostly used in West Lithuania, the other, widely used in the whole country is Aukštaitian (High-landers' dialect). The standard Lithuanian comes from West-Aukštaitian.
The first book written in Lithuanian is Katekizmas by Martynas Mažvydas. It was published in East Prussia in 1547.
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The oldest surviving manuscript in Lithuanian (around 1503), rewritten from 15th century original text
A map of European languages (1741) with the first verse of the Lord's Prayer in Lithuanian
The Grand Dictionary of the Lithuanian language consists of 20 volumes and contains more than half a million headwords
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