Dating customs in latvia
In addition, there is some disagreement whether Latgalian and New Curonian, which are mutually intelligible with Latvian, should be considered varieties or separate languages.Latvian first appeared in Western print in the mid-16th century with the reproduction of the Lord's Prayer in Latvian in Sebastian Münster's Cosmographia Universalis (1544), in Latin script.
It is one of two living Baltic languages with an official status (the other being Lithuanian).
This process of consolidation started in the 13th century after the Livonian Crusade and forced christianization.
These tribes came under Livonian rule thus forming a unified political, economic and religious space.
According to some glottochronological speculations, the Eastern Baltic languages split from Western Baltic (or, perhaps, from the hypothetical proto-Baltic language) between 400 and 600.
The differentiation between Lithuanian and Latvian started after 800, with a long period of being one language but different dialects.