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Belarusan

A language of Belarus

ISO 639-3bel

Population  6,720,000 in Belarus (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001). Population total all countries: 8,618,630. Ethnic population: 9,051,080.
Region  Also in Azerbaijan, Canada, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russian Federation (Europe), Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan.
Alternate names   Belarusian, Belorussian, Bielorussian, Byelorussian, White Russian, White Ruthenian
Dialects  Northeast Belarusan (Polots, Viteb-Mogilev), Southwest Belarusan (Grodnen-Baranovich, Slutsko-Mozyr, Slutska-Mazyrski), Central Belarusan. Linguistically between Russian and Ukrainian [ukr], with transitional dialects to both.
Classification  Indo-European, Slavic, East
Language use  National language.
Language development  Fully developed. Bible: 1973.
Writing system  Cyrillic script.
Comments  Christian, Muslim (Tatar).

Also spoken in:

Poland

Language name   Belarusan
Population  220,000 in Poland (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001).
Alternate names  Byelorussian, White Russian
 
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