The Lechitic languages include three or possibly four languages spoken in central Europe, principally in Poland and Germany. (The precise classification of Slovincian is somewhat disputed). This language group is a branch of the larger West Slavic language family. The Lekhitic group includes: Historical lands and provinces in Central Europe Central Europe is the region of Europe between Eastern Europe and Western Europe. ... This article or section should be merged with West Slavic languages The West Slavic languages include 8 (SIL estimate) languages and dialects spoken in eastern Europe; this language group is a part of the Slavic language family. ...
Polish- (SIL Code, PQL; ISO 639-1 code, pl; ISO 639-2 code, pol)
Polabian- extinct - (SIL Code, POX; ISO 639-2 code, sla)
The term "Lechitic" derives from the name of Lech, legendary ancestor of Lekhitic peoples and founder of Poland. Kashubian, Cassubian is one of the Lekhitic languages, which are a group of Slavic languages. ... Slovincian is an extinct dialect of the Pomeranian language, spoken between the lakes Gardno and Lebsko in Pomerania. ... The Polabian language was a group of Slavic dialects spoken in present-day northern Germany: Mecklenburg, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, eastern parts of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. ... Lech (also called Lechus, Lachus, Lestus or Leszek) is the legendary father of all Poles (historically the Lechites), founder of Poland (historical name: Lechia) and its historical capital: Gniezno. ...
The myriad differences between the dialects and languages in phonetics, grammar, and above all vocabulary may cause misunderstandings even in the simplest of conversations; and the difficulties are greater in the language of journalism, technical usage, and belles lettres, even in the case of closely connected languages.
The Slovak literary language was formed on the basis of a Central Slovak dialect in the middle of the 19th century.
The comparatively early rise of the West Slavic (and the westernmost South Slavic) languages as separate literary vehicles was related to a variety of religious and political factors that resulted in the decline of the western variants of the Church Slavonic language.
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