Sorbian languages

Sorbian
Wendish, Lusatian
Geographic
distribution:
Lusatia
Linguistic classification: Indo-European
Subdivisions:
Lower Sorbian
ISO 639-2 and 639-5: wen
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The Sorbian-speaking region in Germany

The Sorbian languages are a Slavic branch of the Indo-European languages.

They are the native languages of the Sorbs, a Slavic minority in eastern Germany. Historically the language has also been known as Wendish or Lusatian.

There are two languages: Upper Sorbian (hornjoserbsce), spoken by about 40,000 people in Saxony, and Lower Sorbian (dolnoserbski) spoken by about 10,000 people in Brandenburg. The area where the two languages are spoken is known as Lusatia (Łužica in Upper Sorbian, Łužyca in Lower Sorbian, or Lausitz in German).


In Germany, Upper and Lower Sorbian are officially recognized and protected as minority languages by the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In the home areas of the Sorbs, both languages are officially equal to German.

A bilingual sign in Bautzen

The city of Bautzen in Upper Lusatia is the centre of Upper Sorbian culture. Bilingual signs can be seen around the city, including the name of the city, "Bautzen/Budyšin".

The city of Cottbus (Chóśebuz) is considered the cultural centre of Lower Sorbian. Cottbuss also has bilingual signs.

Sorbian is also spoken in the small Sorbian (“Wendish”) settlement of Serbin in Lee County, Texas. Until recently newspapers were published in Sorbian there. The local dialect has been heavily influenced by surrounding speakers of German and English.

American and Australian communities often prefer to call themselves “Wends” or “Wendish,”. They think that “Sorb” and “Sorbian” are bad words.

Other pages

  • Sorbian alphabet
  • Sorbs
  • Wends
  • List of Sorbian-language writers
  • Low Lusatian German
Other Languages
Afrikaans: Sorbies
العربية: لغات صوربية
aragonés: Idioma sorabo
asturianu: Sorbiu
azərbaycanca: Sorb dilləri
беларуская: Лужыцкія мовы
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Лужыцкія мовы
български: Лужишки езици
brezhoneg: Sorabeg
català: Sòrab
Cymraeg: Sorbeg
davvisámegiella: Sorbigiella
dolnoserbski: Serbšćina
español: Lenguas sorabas
Esperanto: Soraba lingvo
euskara: Sorabiera
français: Sorabe
Frysk: Sorbysk
Gaeilge: An tSoirbis
Gàidhlig: Sòrbais
한국어: 소르브어
Հայերեն: Լուժիկերեն
hornjoserbsce: Serbšćina
Bahasa Indonesia: Bahasa Sorbia
italiano: Lingue sorabe
Basa Jawa: Basa Sorbia
ქართული: სორბული ენა
latviešu: Sorbu valodas
lietuvių: Sorbų kalbos
Limburgs: Sorbisch
magyar: Szorb nyelv
македонски: Лужички јазици
მარგალური: სორბული ნინეფი
монгол: Сорб хэл
Nederlands: Sorbisch
日本語: ソルブ語
Nordfriisk: Sorbisch
norsk: Sorbisk
norsk nynorsk: Sorbiske språk
occitan: Sorab
Plattdüütsch: Sorbsche Spraken
português: Línguas sorábias
română: Limbi sorabe
Seeltersk: Sorbisk
slovenčina: Lužické jazyky
slovenščina: Lužiščina
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Lužičkosrpski jezik
suomi: Sorbi
svenska: Sorbiska
Türkçe: Sorbca
українська: Лужицькі мови
vèneto: Lengue sorabe
Tiếng Việt: Nhóm ngôn ngữ Sorb
文言: 索布語
ייִדיש: סארביש
粵語: 索布文
žemaitėška: Suorbu kalba
中文: 索布语