Lechitic languages

Linguistic classification:


Glottolog: lech1241[1]

The Lechitic (or Lekhitic) languages are a language group consisting of Polish and several other languages that are or were spoken in areas of modern Poland and northeastern parts of modern Germany.[2] It is one of the branches of the larger West Slavic language family; the other branches of this family are the Czech–Slovak languages and the Sorbian languages.


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

The Lechitic languages are:


Characteristics of Lechitic languages include:[4]


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.


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Lechitic". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. Lekhitic languages, Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved July 2008
  3. 1 2 Narodowy Spis Powszechny Ludności i Mieszkań 2011. Raport z wyników - Central Statistical Office of Poland
  4. Zenon Klemensiewicz, Historia języka polskiego, 7th edition, Wydawnictwo naukowe PWN, Warsaw 1999. ISBN 83-01-12760-0

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