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Comparative linguistics - Baltic languages
Posted by: Michel on January 26, 2013, 20:52
I am surprized by the very remote relation between Estonian and the other Baltic languages in your calculator...
Posted by: Vincent on January 27, 2013, 00:07
Yes, the genetic proximity between Estonian and Latvian is 84 and Lithuanian 89. Lithuanian and Latvian have a proximity of 36. I am happy of these results, because even if the region shares a common recent history, the people and languages here came from two main directions:
 
  • Estonian is a Finno-Ugric language - in fact, almost a Finnish dialect (Proximity in this system: 21!).
  • Lithuanian and Latvian are the Baltic branch of the Balto-Slavic branch in Indo-European.
Thank you for this remark as it may be of interest for many other users and is a good example to better understand how the system works.
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