Upper Sorbian language

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Upper Sorbian
Hornjoserbšćina, Hornjoserbsce
Pronunciation [ˈhɔʀnjɔˌsɛʀpʃt͡ʃina]
Native to Germany
Region Saxony, Brandenburg
Ethnicity Sorbs
Native speakers
13,000 (2007)[1]
Latin (Sorbian alphabet)
Official status
Official language in
Regional language in Brandenburg and Saxony. Lost support after the reunification of Germany, with many Sorbian schools closing.[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-2 hsb
ISO 639-3 hsb
Glottolog uppe1395[2]
Linguasphere 53-AAA-bb < 53-AAA-b < 53-AAA-b...-d (varieties: 53-AAA-bba to 53-AAA-bbf)
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Upper Sorbian (Hornjoserbšćina) is a West Slavic language spoken by the Sorb people in Germany. The language is spoken in the province of Upper Lusatia. Today this province is part of Saxony.

There are around 40,000 speakers of Upper Sorbian living in Saxony. Upper Sorbian is a minority language in Germany according to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Upper Sorbian at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Upper Sorbian". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Council of Europe. "European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages." (PDF) Strasbourg: 4 December 2002. Accessed 2011-05-15.