Eric Becker is a graduate student in French Linguistics at the University of Illinois. He is planning on continuing his work towards his Masters and is interested in minority languages in Europe. He wrote this text as a student enrolled in FR 418 ‘Language and Minorities in Europe’.
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Grizelda Kristiņa, la dernière locutrice parlant livonien comme langue maternelle, a aidé les chercheurs travaillant sur les langues moribondes à archiver sa langue. Elle a écrit un manuel de live et une collection de poèmes en live. Jusqu'à sa mort, Kristiņa écrivait des poèmes en livonien afin d’archiver toutes les traces de la langue désormais moribonde.
« It is the obligation and responsibility of free and democratic societies to stand up for smaller cultures giving them the courage to survive and develop. The long-awaited Livonian-Estonian-Latvian dictionary removes the barriers that so far existed between the Livonian and the Estonian and Latvian languages. Thus, this dictionary can be described as a new-era Livonian civic center erected in the 21st century, which confirms that the Livonians are carefully preserving their roots and bringing back what appeared to be on the brink of vanishing. »