Orthography in Latvia

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Historically, Latvian proper was written using a system based upon German phonetic principles and latgalian dialect was written using polish orthography principles. At the beginning of the 20th century, this was replaced by a more phonetically appropriate system, using a modified Latin alphabet.

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Orthography in LatviaOrthographyHistorically, Latvian proper was written using a system based upon German phonetic principles and latgalian dialect was written using polish orthography principles. At the beginning of the 20th century, this was replaced by a more phonetically appropriate system, using a modified Latin alphabet. Standard orthographyToday, the Latvian standard alphabet consists of 33 letters:The modern standard Latvian alphabet uses 22 unmodified letters of the Latin alphabet (all except Q, W, X and Y). It adds a further eleven letters by modification. The vowel letters

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