Votic or Votian (vađđa ceeli or maaceeli – also written vaďďa tšeeli, maatšeeli) is the language spoken by the Votes of Ingria. It is closely related to Estonian and belongs to the Finnic branch of the Uralic languages. Votic is spoken only in Krakolye and Luzhitsy, two villages in Kingiseppsky District, and is close to extinction (Language death). In 1989 there were 62 speakers left, the youngest born in 1938. In its 24 December 2005 issue, The Economist wrote that there are only approximately 20 speakers left. Some linguists have claimed that Votic is actually a dialect of Estonian.
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... Votic is an agglutinating language much like the closely related Finnic languages ... In terms of inflection on nouns, Votic has two numbers (singular, plural), and 16 cases nominative, genitive, accusative (distinct for pronouns), partitive, illative, inessive, elative, allative, adessive ... Unlike Livonian language, which has been influenced to a great extent by Latvian, Votic retained its Finnic characteristics ...
... The Finnic Votic language spoken by Votes is close to extinction ... The Votic language is still spoken in three villages of historical Votia and by an unknown number of fluent Votic speakers in the countryside ... There is a desire to protect and revive the Votic language from extinction ...
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