- Silesian German
name = Lower Silesian language
nativename = Schlesisch [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=sli Ethnologue entry] ]
familycolor = Indo-European
Poland Czech Republic, Germany
Dolny Śląsk( Lower Silesia). Also spoken in Czech Republic, eastern Germany( Görlitz).
speakers = unknown
fam1 = Indo-European
fam2 = Germanic
fam3 = West Germanic
fam4 = High German
fam5 = East Middle German
iso2 = gem
iso3 = sli
Lower Silesian language or simply Silesian ( _de. Schlesisch), is a German
dialect/ languagespoken in Lower Silesia. Today, the area is mainly in southwestern Poland, but as well as in northeastern Czech Republicand in eastern Germany.
The group of dialects is nearly extinct.
The German Silesian dialect is part of the
East Central Germanlanguage 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 Silesiacame under Polish administration. 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 IIfrom areas that presently constitute roughly the western half of modern Poland, but were historical eastern Germanyfor many centuries.
The German Silesian dialect is not recognized by the Polish State in any way, although the status of the
German minority in Polandhas improved much since 1991.
* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=sli Ethnologue report for Lower Silesian]
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