Re: Latvian Language #general

cfpottins2 <cfpottins2@...>

Lettish and Russian would probably have been most commonly spoken, as they
still are. Jewish people also spoke Yiddish, of course, and it was the
eastern variety - as distinct >from the Yiddish of say Alsace. In
Courland, the area west of Riga, I believe a lot of Jews commonly spoke
German, as distinct >from Yiddish. Whereas Russian was the language of
officialdom, and the farmers were Letts, the landowners and merchants were
often German, so I guess it helped to be multilingual.

Lorraine Hershon wrote:

What languages were commonly in use in Latvia around 1880? Is there
anywhere I can find a map showing language spread around Europe/Russia
at the end of the century? Was the same Yiddish spoken across the
whole of Europe or would say, German Yiddish be different to Russian
Yiddish? Thanks for your time.

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