Latvian is less archaic than
Lithuanian? It depends. In what respect? Literary Latvian retains the old
pronunciation of Baltic *a:, it reflects the original
Baltic intonations more faithfully than Lithuanian does .
Most Lithuanian dialects of Aukštaitija
retain this *a: as well (just drive 50 km. to the north of
Vilnius to get convinced). Colloqiual Latvian has completely neutralized
all the intonations and can be considered as a stress language now (just come