Article published in:Language Contact: New perspectives
Edited by Muriel Norde, Bob de Jonge and Cornelius Hasselblatt
[IMPACT: Studies in Language, Culture and Society 28] 2010
► pp. 119–130
The impact of German on Schleife Sorbian
The use of gor in the Eastern Sorbian border dialect
The West-Slavic languages Upper Sorbian and Lower Sorbian have been surrounded by speakers of German since the early Middle Ages. The present contribution describes the socio-linguistic background and use of gor, a German borrowing in the dialect of Schleife, which occupies a transitional position between the two Sorbian languages. The use of gor in 20th century spoken Schleife Sorbian is contrasted with its use in an early 19th century source written in the same dialect, the work of the peasant-writer Hanso Nepila.
Published online: 03 March 2010