Sorbian, Lower

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A language of Germany

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

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.

Location

East, Niederlausitz (Dolna Luzica), Cottbus (Chósebuz) main town. Ethnic group has over 60 towns and villages. Also in United States.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Language Use

Older adults.

Language Development
Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. Bible: 1796–1824.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

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