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 to