Belarusan

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A language of Belarus

Alternate Names
Belarusian, Belorussian, Bielorussian, Byelorussian, White Russian, White Ruthenian
Population

2,220,000 in Belarus (2009 census). The majority of Belarusans speak Russian [rus] as their L1. Population total all countries: 3,312,610. Ethnic population: 7,960,000 (2009 census).

Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (1994, Constitution, Article 17(1)), largely symbolic use.

Dialects

Central Belarusan, Northeast Belarusan (Polots, Viteb-Mogilev), Southwest Belarusan (Grodnen-Baranovich, Slutska-Mazyrski, Slutsko-Mozyr). Linguistically between Russian [rus] and Ukrainian [ukr], with transitional dialects to both.

Language Development
Fully developed. Bible: 1973.
Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.

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