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Votian belongs to the Uralic family, Finno - Ugrain branch, Baltic - Finnish group.
Votian is made up of the Western, Eastern, Kurovtsy (Kukkosin) and Kriewian dialects. The latter, which functioned in Latvia, became extinct early in the nineteenth century. Of the Votian dialects of Russia the Eastern one, spoken in the villages of Podmoshye, Itsepino and some others, was the first to disappear. The last native speaker of it died in the middle of the 1980s.
Only the Western dialect has survived. It's interesting to note that the villages of Luzhitsy and Krakolye are beginning to speak, if this is the word in the present situation, two dialects differing mainly in the case system development.
The dialects differed for the most part phonetically, but they had some morphological and lexical peculiarities as well. The Kurovtsy dialect was strongly influenced by Ingrian.
Genetically close to Votian are Ingrian, the Ingermanland dialects of Finnish and the North-Westren dialects of Estonian.