|Altsnerisch / Päurisch|
|8, including passive users (2015)|
Halcnovian (Altsnerisch/Päurisch), alternatively spelled Haltsnovian, is an East Central German dialect spoken in the former village of Hałcnów, which is now a district of Bielsko-Biała, Poland. It was the vernacular language of Hałcnów until 1945, when ethnic Germans were expelled from Poland. Some examples of the language were recorded in the works of Karl Olma (1914–2001), who was active as a journalist in the Halcnovian exile community in West Germany after World War II. Recently the dialect has been researched from a linguistic standpoint by Marek Dolatowski. It is related to the Wymysorys language.
Ma hīrt guǫr oft di Loit huǫrt kluǫin
dǫ hoit-zotāg werd veil geloin
an wār nė güt betrīga kǫn,
dǭs ei kai ǭgeſāner Mǭn.
Do lōw ėch mir di ālde Węlt,
di wuǫr of andre Fis geštęlt!