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Encyclopedia > Upper Sorbian language
Upper Sorbian (hornjoserbsce)
Spoken in: Germany
Region: Saxony
Total speakers: 55,000
Ranking: Not in top 100
Genetic classification: Indo-European
 Slavic
  West Slavic
   Sorbian
    Upper Sorbian
Official status
Official language of: Germany
Regulated by: --
Language codes
ISO 639-1 --
ISO 639-2 hsb
SIL HSB
See also: LanguageList of languages

Upper Sorbian (hornjoserbsce) is a minority language of Germany spoken in the historical province of Upper Lusatia, today part of Saxony. With an area of 18,413 km² and a population of 4. ... This is a list of languages ordered by number of first-language speakers, with some data for second-language use. ... Current distribution of Human Language Families Most languages are known to belong to language families (families hereforth). ... Proto-Indo-European Indo-European studies The Indo-European languages include some 443 (SIL estimate) languages and dialects spoken by about three billion people, including most of the major language families of Europe and western Asia, which belong to a single superfamily. ... The Slavic languages (also called Slavonic languages), a group of closely related languages of the Slavic peoples and a subgroup of Indo-European languages, have speakers in most of Eastern Europe, in much of the Balkans, in parts of Central Europe, and in the northern part of Asia. ... This article or section should be merged with List of West Slavic languages The West Slavic languages is a subdivision of the Slavic language group (q. ... The Sorbian languages are members of the West Slavic branch of languages spoken in eastern Germany. ... ISO 639 is one of several international standards that lists short codes for language names. ... SIL International is a non-profit, Christian, scientific organization with the main purpose to study, develop and document lesser-known languages for the purpose of expanding linguistic knowledge, promoting world literacy and aiding minority language development. ... This list of languages is alphabetical by English name. ... Lusatia (German Lausitz, Upper Sorbian Łužica, Lower Sorbian Łužyca, Polish Łużyce, Czech Lužice, sometimes called Sorbia, is a historical region between Bóbr-Kwisa rivers and Elbe river in northeastern Germany (states of Saxony and Brandenburg), south-western Poland (voivodship of Lower Silesia and northern Czech... With an area of 18,413 km² and a population of 4. ...


The Upper Sorbian Language is one of the reminders of the languages which had been subsisting on the territory of actual Germany. It is spoken by more than 20.000 people. However, no special census has been made to show how many Sorbs there are actually today! This language was standardized by using the dialects from the alentours of the city of Bautzen (Budysin). It has some grammatical relikts and therefore it is an intersting language!


External link

  • Ethnologue on Upper Sorbian

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Sorbian alphabet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (97 words)
The Sorbian alphabet is based on the Latin alphabet but uses diacritics such as the acute accent and the caron.
The standard character encoding for the Sorbian alphabet is ISO 8859-2 (Latin-2).
The alphabet is used for the Sorbian languages, although some letters are used in only one of the two languages (Upper Sorbian and Lower Sorbian).
Upper and Lower Sorbian language, alphabet and pronunciation (528 words)
Sorbian, or Wendisch, is a member of the West Slavic subgroup of Indo-European languges spoken by about 55,000 people in Upper and Lower Lusatia in the German Länder of Saxony and Brandenburg.
In the mid-19th century, written Upper Sorbian based on the dialect spoken around Bautzen was introduced as the compulsory standard in the Sorbian-speaking area in Upper Lusatia, while written Lower Sorbian based on the Cottbus dialect was introduced as the standard written form in Lower Lusatia.
Sorbian is taught as a subject in a number of secondary schools and used as a medium of instruction for some subjects.
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