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Is Lithuanian a Proto-Indo-European language, Arnas?

“It is indeed, and it actually retains some features of a Proto-Indo-European language and shares similarities with very old languages like Sanskrit. Many aspects of Lithuanian haven't evolved a whole lot. It's a good reflection of how languages were like in the past, I guess. It's not like I can understand much of languages like Latin, but certain elements might be similar, like grammatical aspects of the language. Lithuanian is actually a fairly complicated language by many measures, especially relative to English.”

Why do you think it has changed relatively little?
“The Lithuanian language is hundreds of years old, and the sentiment of patriotism in the region has always been strong. Lithuanians have always been very passionate about their language, especially during the Soviet occupation. I think that’s the kind of thing that brings people together and reminds them of their common identity. In my non-expert opinion, that is probably part of the reason why Lithuanian has changed so little - because it's become an important part of who we are as Lithuanians.”

That makes sense. Thank you so much for giving us some insights into your language and for translating our manifesto into Lituanian, Arnas.
“My pleasure.”