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Daemon
Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Lithuanian

Lithuanian is the most ancient living Indo-European language. It has many similarities with Slavic languages, but, unlike Russian, it uses the Latin alphabet. In 1864, the ruling Russian government banned the Lithuanian language, but it has since been restored as independent Lithuania's official language. Lithuanian is spoken by approximately three million people there and by an additional half million around the world. How did Lithuanians obtain books written in Lithuanian during Russian rule? More...
TheParser
Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014 6:20:43 AM
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Daemon wrote:
In 1864, the ruling Russian government banned the Lithuanian language.



Language is, indeed, the very essence of a person's soul.

Throughout history, including today, human beings have fought one another over the issue of language.

Reportedly (I assume that it is true), a certain country at the turn of the twentieth century was so upset with a minority language that anyone who was caught speaking it had his tongue cut off and thrown onto a "mountain of tongues." ***



The cruelty of human beings, of course, is unbelievable. As has been said many times before, human beings are the only animal on earth to be purposely cruel.



*** That minority today has its own country where they freely speak their language. I have read, however, that the scars from that brutal treatment still remain: that particular group often feels that the whole world is against them. They have an "us vs. them" attitude, it is said.
curmudgeonine
Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:00:48 AM

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I can remember trying to learn Lithuanian from a friend in school.
"Lithuanian is the most ancient living Indo-European language. It has many similarities with Slavic languages, but, unlike Russian, it uses the Latin alphabet. In 1864, the ruling Russian government banned the Lithuanian language, but it has since been restored as independent Lithuania's official language. Lithuanian is spoken by approximately three million people there and by an additional half million around the world."
Absurdicuss
Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014 11:47:31 PM

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All those dialects in an itty bitty space.
excaelis
Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014 10:23:49 PM

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Innit cool, Abs ?
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