Silesian, Lower Language (sli)

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Also Known As: Lower Schlesisch,Silesian, Lower


Lower Silesian language or simply Silesian (Lower Silesian: Schläsch, German: Schlesisch), is a German dialect/language spoken in Lower Silesia. Today, the area is mainly in southwestern Poland, but as well as in northeastern Czech Republic and in eastern Germany. The group of dialects is nearly extinct. The German Silesian dialect is part of the East Central German language area with some West Slavic influences. After the expulsion of the Germans east of the Oder-Neisse line, German Silesian culture and language nearly died out when most of Silesia became part of Poland in 1945. Authorities banned the remaining persecuted German minority from speaking their native language. There are still unresolved feelings on the sides of both Poles and Germans, largely because of Nazi Germany's atrocities committed against the Poles and the forced Expulsion of Germans from Poland after World War II.

The German Silesian dialect is not recognized by the Polish State in any way, although the status of the German minority in Poland has improved much since 1991...... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Silesian, Lower Language Speakers


Main Country: Poland
Spoken In:

Regions: Europe

ISO 639-3 Code: sli

Classification Taxonomy

All Languages

  Indo-European Group

    Germanic Group

      West Germanic Group

        High German Group

          German Group

            Middle German Group

              East Middle German Group

                Silesian, Lower Language