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Upper Sorbian

  • Phil Howson (a1)
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Sorbian is a West Slavic language spoken in eastern Germany, in Saxony and Brandenburg near the borders of Poland and the Czech Republic, and is recognized as an endangered language by UNESCO (Moseley 2012). It is commonly referred to as Sorbian in English, but has historically been referred to as both Wendish and Lusatian. The Sorbian speech area used to expand from its northernmost point approximately 50 km south-east of Berlin to its southernmost point approximately 8 km from the borders of the Czech Republic (Stone 1993). This area is also referred to as Lusatia (Figure 1). However, the Sorbian-speaking area continues to shrink every year and is currently much smaller than Stone (1993) describes. Upper Sorbian is currently only used in daily communication in and immediately around Budyšin (personal communication, Lechosław Jocz).

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Roy Mellor . 2008. A minority problem in Germany. Scottish Geographic Magazine 79 (1), 4953.

Jerzy Rubach . 2008. Palatal nasal decomposition in Slovene, Upper Sorbian and Polish. Journal of Linguistics 44, 169204.

Hartmut Traunmüller . 1990. Analytical expressions for the tonotopic sensory scale. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 88 (1), 97100.

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Journal of the International Phonetic Association
  • ISSN: 0025-1003
  • EISSN: 1475-3502
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-the-international-phonetic-association
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