Sorbian, Lower


A language of Germany

Alternate Names
Bas Sorabe, Delnoserbski, Lluzykie, Lower Lusatian, Lusatian, Luzycki, Niedersorbisch, Wendish

6,670 in Germany (Salminen 2007). 20,000–30,000 total Sorbian, one-third in lower Lusatia, two-thirds in upper Lusatia (Salminen 2007). Population total all countries: 6,860. Ethnic population: 50,000.


Brandenburg state: Niederlausitz (Dolna Luzica), Cottbus (Chósebuz) main town; ethnic group in over 60 towns and villages.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Language Use

Older adults.

Language Development
Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. Bible: 1796–1824.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Sorbian has lost much of its former public support after the unification of Germany. Many Sorbian schools have been closed (Salminen 2007).