The Sūdovian Continuum
Sūdovian has much in common with Lithuanian.
Words beginning with the labial vowels [o] or [u]
have the obligatory West Baltic prothetic [v-]
that continues intact today in the dialects in and around Vilkaviškis.
Examples - Std. Lith. "urvas" > "vurvas" in Vilkaviškis, and Sūduva.
Word initial [v-]
in some words is weakened. Example -
A parallel weakening is known in Sorbian.( J. Pashka, - Virdainas, 1994 )
* Note - The word initial prothetic [ v- ] in the Kretinga dialect
before the labial vowels [o] or [u] is a Curonian continuum.
( J. Pashka, Virdainas, 1994)
came from Wylkowyski
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A view of Wylkowyski with the Old Synagogue
( in the background )
According to tradition, Jews were living in this area in the 14th century,
and a synagogue was built at the beginning of the 16th.
The town was an enormous trade center.
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"VIRDAINAS - Sūduvių Kalbos Žodynas"
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