Silesian language facts for kids
|Pronunciation||IPA: [ˈɕlonskɔ ˈɡɔtka]|
|Native to||Poland (Silesian Voivodeship, Opole Voivodeship), Czech Republic (Moravia–Silesia, Jeseník)|
|Region||Upper Silesia / Silesia|
|Native speakers||510,000 (2011 census)|
|Writing system||Latin script (Silesian alphabet)|
Silesian or Upper Silesian (Silesian: ślōnskŏ gŏdka / ślůnsko godka IPA: [ˈɕlonskɔ ˈɡɔtka]; Czech: slezština; Polish: gwara śląska, język śląski, etnolekt śląski; German: Schlonsakisch, Wasserpolnisch (pej.)) from the West Slavic language family. Some linguists say, that it is a dialect of Polish, because of big similarities between these languages. It's mostly spoken in Poland, but also in the Czech Republic and Germany.
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Bilingual sign in Katowice (Katowicy): Polish Kwiaciarnia ("florist") and Silesian Blumy i Geszynki ("flowers and gifts"). The latter also exemplifies the Germanisms in Silesian (cf. German Blumen und Geschenke).
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