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[*] posted on 10-6-2016 at 07:16 PM
Schuster-ewc, Heinz: The Sorbian Language Its Origins and Linguistic Status


Lětopis Abstract 2013 2: Schuster-ewc, Heinz: The Sorbian Language Its Origins and Linguistic Status

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.

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