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

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 town, Cottbus is the main town.

Language Status

8a (Moribund). Statutory language of provincial identity in Brandenburg (1992, Constitution, Article 25).

Language Use

Older adults only.

Language Development

Newspapers. Radio. TV. Grammar. 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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