Latvian parliament rejects Russian as official language; national referendum is next

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Noticed this here just now in French, and no need to translate anything as you can read about it in English here and here. The vote was 60 against (out of 100) and 31 members of Harmony Center walked out in protest. Apparently the referendum may take place in February.

This reminds me: are there are Indo-European languages with grammatical gender (two or three genders) that have a perfect correspondence between word endings and gender? Latvian comes close, but then so do Spanish, Bulgarian and a great many others. I have yet to come across one though where a student can simply look at the ending of any word and know exactly how to decline a noun.


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