- Selonian language
name = Selonian, Selian
extinct = 16th century
iso3 = sxl
familycolor = Indo-European
fam1 = Indo-European
fam2 = Balto-Slavic
fam3 = Baltic
fam4 = Western
Selonian was a
languageappertaining to the Baltic languagesgroup of the Indo-European languages family. This language was spoken by the Eastern Baltic tribe of Selonians, who lived until the 15th centuryin Selonia, a territory in South Eastern Latviaand North Eastern Lithuania.
During the 13th-15th centuries the Selonians lost their language being assimilated by
Latgaliansand partly by Lithuanians.
It is considered that Selonian language kept the proto Baltic phonemes an, en, in, un like the
Lithuanian language, but the proto Baltic soft k, g were changed to c, dz like the Latvian language, as well as the proto Baltic š, ž were changed to s, z.
The traces of the Selonian language can be still found in the territories Selonians inhabited, especially in the accent and phonetics of the so-called Selonian dialect of the
Latvian language.There are some traces of the Selonian language in the North Eastern sub-dialects of Aukštaitian dialectof Lithuanian language, mostly in the lexicon.
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