However, it does not change the fact that over 500000 people have declared Silesian as their native language. Just because you and other Poles want to make them believe that it is only a dialect, does not change the fact that for those people it is a language.
Well, it is me, that's true. But, as an argument you put forward "the Polish government" as having recognized Silesian as a regional language as an argument. When shown to be wrong, you resort to "it doesn't change the fact that 500 000 declared Silesian as their native language". And indeed, the term as such may have been used in the questionnaire, but it doesn't mean at all that Silesian has the status of a language, be it even a regional language.
At the same time you completely ignore the opinion of someone who is a native Oberschlesier, is a professor of linguistics and commands three languages: Polish, German and Silesian (I myself use the term Silesian language for simplicication purposes). What is more to it, professor Jan Miodek is not politically motivated nor is he part of the PF tribal wars. And I did not say that for many Silesians it ishouldn't be a "language" (but not for all of them, I assure you!). I don't object to them calling it as such, so don't imply to me:
Just because you and other Poles want to make them believe that it is only a dialect
. Let them believe what they want to believe.
Sorry, Romek, but this is the way how you develop your arguments in the discussion. It is jolly amusing, but you seem to me just another clone of Harry who was, for example, ready to quarrell to the last drop of blood that "Murzyn" is a racist word in Polish, while in his profile he is giving the following answer to the question: Speaks [Polish]? - "No, not really. My passive Polish is far better than my active Polish" [before that he was answering this question by the simple "No"].