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I put the following in the beginning of the Org file:

* :noexport:
Local Variables:
ispell-local-dictionary: "american"
End:
#+EXPORT_EXCLUDE_TAGS: noexport

And I start flyspell via a hook:

(add-hook 'org-mode-hook 'turn-on-flyspell)

But Ispell always uses the default dictionary instead of the american.

I also tried Org's language tag, but it does not seem to have any effect on Flyspell.

#+LANGUAGE:  en

How to define the Ispell language in the Org file?

Update

When I set the variable from within a :noexport: taged heading the variable will not be set:

* :noexport:
-*- ispell-local-dictionary: "american" -*-

But when I set the variable before the :noexport: tag the variable gets set:

-*- ispell-local-dictionary: "american" -*-
* :noexport:

Is this the intended behavior? And if so, how can I change it?

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