Lechitic
Geographic
distribution
Poland
Linguistic classificationIndo-European
Subdivisions
Glottologlech1241

The Lechitic (or Lekhitic) languages are a language subgroup consisting of Polish and several other languages and dialects that originally were spoken in the area.[1] It is one of the branches of the larger West Slavic subgroup; the other branches of this subgroup are the Czech–Slovak languages and the Sorbian languages.

Languages

The Book of Henryków, containing what is claimed to be the first written Polish sentence
The Book of Henryków, containing what is claimed to be the first written Polish sentence
Kashubian jamboree in Łeba in 2005 – banner showing the Kashubian name of Kartuzy County
Kashubian jamboree in Łeba in 2005 – banner showing the Kashubian name of Kartuzy County

The Lechitic languages are:

Features

Characteristics of Lechitic languages include:[3]

Etymology

The term Lechitic is applied both to the languages of this group and to Slavic peoples speaking these languages (known as Lechites). The term is related to the name of the legendary Polish forefather Lech and the name Lechia by which Poland was formerly sometimes known. For more details, see Lechites.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Lekhitic languages, Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved July 2008
  2. ^ a b Narodowy Spis Powszechny Ludności i Mieszkań 2011. Raport z wyników Archived 2012-12-21 at the Wayback Machine - Central Statistical Office of Poland
  3. ^ Zenon Klemensiewicz, Historia języka polskiego, 7th edition, Wydawnictwo naukowe PWN, Warsaw 1999. ISBN 83-01-12760-0
  4. ^ Rubach, Jerzy (2019). "Surface Velar Palatalization in Polish" (PDF). Natural Language & Linguistic Theory. 37 (4): 1421–1462. doi:10.1007/s11049-018-9430-3.