The development of sociolinguistics in the Baltic States

Authored by: Ina Druviete

The Routledge Handbook of Sociolinguistics Around the World

Print publication date:  November  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415422789
eBook ISBN: 9780203869659
Adobe ISBN: 9781135261054

10.4324/9780203869659.ch33

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Abstract

The Baltic States–the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Estonia–lie on the western edge of the East European plain. The three countries may be regarded as being a cultural, political and economic region despite different historical experiences and an important linguistic division. Latvia has a population of 2.5 million people, Estonia of 1.4 million people, and Lithuania of 3.7 million people.

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