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Das Sorbische – Genese und sprachlicher Status
The Sorbian Language – its Origins and Linguistic Status

Author(s): Heinz Schuster-Šewc
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Domowina-Verlag GmbH / Ludowe nakładnistwo Domowina
Keywords: altsorbisch; Sprachgeschichte; old sorbian; language history

Summary/Abstract: The Sorbian spoken today in Upper and Lower Lusatia is what remains of an earlier extensive Old Sorbian dialect area between the Elbe/Saale rivers in the west and the Bober/Queis rivers in the east. It was not a uniform language, but was divided up into Sorbian proper, represented by the Upper Sorbian language type, with clear links to the former south-eastern branch of Proto-Slavonic, and an adjacent, relatively broad transitional strip in the north-east bordering on the former Lechitic language. Here the actual Old Sorbian tribes, which advanced down the Elbe from the Bohemian basin, met the Lechitic tribes. This resulted in a kind of hybrid language, which formed the basis of the later Lower Sorbian language.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 86-94
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: German