Sorbian, Lower

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A language of Germany

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

L1 users: 6,670 (Salminen 2007). 20,000–30,000 total Sorbian, one-third in lower Lusatia, two-thirds in upper Lusatia (Salminen 2007). Ethnic population: 50,000.

Location

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

Language Status

7 (Shifting). Statutory language of provincial identity in Brandenburg (1992, Constitution, Article 25).

Language Use

Older adults.

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

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).

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