L1 users: 13,300 (Salminen 2007). 20,000–30,000 total Sorbian, one-third in lower Lusatia and two-thirds in upper Lusatia (Salminen 2007). Ethnic population: 45,000.
Sachsen state: East Bautzen (Budysin), and Kamenz; also in Brandenburg state.
4 (Educational). Statutory language of provincial identity in Sachsen (1992, Constitution, Article 6).
Upper Sorbian and Lower Sorbian are 2 standard languages. Authorized in local government and schools. Increasing literature production. Now accepted as a minority language. 40,000–45,000 others have some knowledge of it. Mostly older adults. Most monolinguals are very young (Stephens 1976). Also use Standard German [deu].
Latin script [Latn].
Sorbian has lost much of its former public support after the unification of Germany. Many Sorbian schools have been closed (Salminen 2007).