Saturday, January 15, 2011

Poles in Lithuania want their 'w' back

Here is an interesting article about the intersection of language and identity. Though Lithuania is a small country the size of West Virginia, it has always been ethnically diverse and parts of it were previously under Polish rule. Under Lithuanian law people must use the Lithuanian alphabet to write their names and street names can only be in Lithuania. This is a problem for the Polish minority that uses letters such as "w" that don't exist in the Lithuanian language. Combine that with tension over an oil and gas refinery and you have the makings of ethnic tensions.

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