Kashubian

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A language of Poland

Alternate Names
Cashubian, Cassubian, Kaszubski
Population

50,000 in Poland (Salminen 2007). Ethnic population: 100,000 (1993 T. Salminen).

Location

North central, Pomorskie Province, near Baltic coast, lower Vistula left bank; west of Gdansk bay; narrow strip inland, southwest from Gdynia.

Language Status

8a (Moribund). Recognized language (2005, Minorities Act of 2 January, Article 19).

Dialects

Kashubian Proper, Slovincian. German [deu] influences in the language. Transitional dialects between Kashubian Proper, the Slovincian dialect, and Polish [pol].

Language Use

No remaining speakers of Slovincian. Many child speakers (Salminen 2007).

Language Development
NT: 1995.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Most of ethnic group speak regional variety of Polish [pol] (1993 T. Salminen).