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Lithuanian

A language of Lithuania

ISO 639-3lit

Population  2,960,000 in Lithuania (1998). Population total all countries: 3,154,180.
Region  Widespread. Also in Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Poland, Russian Federation (Europe), Sweden, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.
Alternate names   Lietuvi, Lietuviskai, Litauische, Litewski, Litovskiy
Dialects  Aukshtaitish (Aukshtaichiai, Aukstaitiskai, Highland Lithuanian), Dzukish (Dzukiskai), Shamaitish (Samogitian, Zhemaitish, Zemaitis, Zemaitiskai, Zemachiai, Lowland Lithuanian), Suvalkietiskai. Aukstaitiskai easily understand Suvalkai, Dzukai with some difficulty, and vice versa; Zemaitiskai difficult for others to understand.
Classification  Indo-European, Baltic, Eastern
Language use  Official language. All domains. All ages. Some have reserved attitudes toward Russian and Polish [pol]. Also use Russian or English.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 99%. Fully developed. Bible: 1735–1998.
Writing system  Gothic script, no longer in use. Latin script.
Comments  Postpositions; genitives, relatives after noun heads. Christian, Muslim (Tatar).
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