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Extinct: no
Family: Indo-European
Branch: Slavic
Continent: Europe
Country: Germany
 
Region: UPPER: Upper Saxony, eastern Germany, principal towns Bautzen (Budysin, Catholic) and Kamenz (Protestant). Perhaps a few in Texas, USA. LOWER: Niederlausitz (Dolna Luzica) in eastern Germany, Cottbus (Chosebuz) the main town. The ethnic group has over 60 towns and villages.
Countries Where Spoken: UPPER: 55,000 (1991 Elle). 15,000 are reported to be primary users. 40,000 to 45,000 others have some knowledge of it (1996). LOWER: 14,000 or fewer speakers (1991 Elle) out of a larger ethnic group.
Countries Where Official: Germany
   
Native Speakers: 15,000
Speakers Total: 55,000
  
Phrasebase members who speak Sorbian at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Sorbian at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Sorbian: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Sorbian: 0
  
Three Letter Code: WEN
Alternative Names: OBERSORBISCH, HAUT SORABE, UPPER LUSATIAN, WENDISH, HORNJOSERBSKI, HORNOSERBSKI, NIEDERSORBISCH, BAS SORABE, WENDISH, LUSATIAN, LOWER LUSATIAN, DOLNOSERBSKI, DELNOSERBSKI
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Summary: UPPER: Nearly all are bilingual in German. Mainly older speakers. Most of the monolinguals are the very young (Stephens 1976). Zgusta (1974) says Upper Sorbian and Lower Sorbian are two standard languages. Use of Sorbian is authorized in local government and schools. Increasing literature production. Now accepted as a minority language. Newspapers, radio programs, TV. Bible 1728-1797. LOWER: Almost exclusively older generation. Their own name for the language is "Dolnoserbski". High school, Sorbian language school. Newspapers. Bible 1796-1824.
 

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