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Silesian (ślůnsko godka / ślůnski)

Silesian or Upper Silesian is a West Slavonic language with about 1,250,000 speakers in Upper Silesia, a region that is partly in Poland and partly in the Czech Republic. Silesian is closely related to Polish and is considered a dialect of Polish by some linguists.

Silesian is used to some extent in literature, films, radio and television and newspapers. Although the language currently has no official status, moves are being made to change this. A new Silesian alphabet was created in 2006 and is quite widely used on the internet and also on the Silesian Wikipedia.

Silesian alphabet and pronunciation

Silesian alphabet and pronunciation

Notes

  • Voiced consonants become voiceless at the ends of words
  • At the beginning of a word u = [wu], and [w] before and after vowels
  • After k and g, e = [e]

Sample text

Wšyjske ludźe rodzům śe swobodne a růwne we swojim werće a prawach. Sům uůne uobdařůne filipym a sůmńyńym a majům powinność wzglyndym inkšych jak brat s bratym postympować.

Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Information about the Silesian provided by Tymoteusz Puławski

Links

Information about Silesian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silesian_language
http://szl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedyjo:Zasady šrajbůngu

Online Silesian lessons
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Silesian

Slavic languages

Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Kashubian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Old Church Slavonic, Polish, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian, Silesian, Slovak, Slovenian, Sorbian, Ukrainian

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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