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I know I can change the language of the Vim user interface using :language en_US.UTF-8, but how can I do that using vimscript?

set language=en_US.UTF-8 is invalid, and the Vim documentation says that the v:lang variable cannot be set directly.

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    :language is Vimscript... Do you mean change it to a value that's in a variable? You can use :execute for that, like :execute "language" mylang where the mylang variable has en_US.UTF-8 or suchlike. – filbranden Sep 1 at 4:38
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    :language is a command, not a setting. Did you try simply language en_US.UTF-8 (without set and without =)? – Lie Ryan Sep 2 at 3:32

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