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Do Silesia people consider themselves to be Silesians, not Poles nor Germans?


Envyme 10 | 28
28 Jan 2013 #1
They feel mostly German and speak an German dialect.
smurf 39 | 1,981
28 Jan 2013 #2
If you're gonna answer your own questions don't bother posting.
BTW, you're wrong.
The Silesian languauge has more in common with Slavic language than German.
And they sure as jaysus don't 'feel' German.

#Troll
gumishu 11 | 5,142
28 Jan 2013 #3
speak an German dialect.

they speak a Polish dialect with a lot of German borrowings which is different, - some argue Silesian is a language on its own within Slavic family - some call it an ethnolect (something halfway between dialect and a language)
jon357 63 | 14,636
28 Jan 2013 #4
So do, though it isn't quite so simple. There is a Silesian dialect of German as well as a Silesian dialect of Polish. It is mostly used in those parts of Silesia across the border, in Germany, though some use it on the Polish side.

ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=sli
gumishu 11 | 5,142
28 Jan 2013 #5
There is a Silesian dialect of German

Silesian dialect of German is almost non-existant at least in Poland (those who could speak it are mainly dead by now because of their age) - Silesian dialect of German in Germany is in similar state to Poland (though more people can still speak it but they are all very old people)
jon357 63 | 14,636
28 Jan 2013 #6
Perhaps time for a revival and some legal protection.
zetigrek
28 Jan 2013 #7
Revival of what?
gumishu 11 | 5,142
28 Jan 2013 #8
Perhaps time for a revival and some legal protection.

this size of a languge is bound for extinction unless we are talking about some remote tropical jungle

Revival of what?

revival of German Upper Silesian dialect (let the Germans pay I say)
jon357 63 | 14,636
28 Jan 2013 #9
Endangered languages spoken in Poland. Wymysorys, spoken in a small area between Śląsk and Małopolska is probably too far gone, but Silesian German certainly isn't.
gumishu 11 | 5,142
28 Jan 2013 #10
Wymysorys - there is some living culture in the language btw it's near Bielsko -Biała not between Śląsk and Małopolska
jon357 63 | 14,636
28 Jan 2013 #11
btw it's near Bielsko -Biała not between Śląsk and Małopolska

It's both. Quite near Bielsko. And exactly on the boundary between Śląsk and Małoplska.

One problem is that most of the speakers are elderly. It never really recovered from the post-war ban.
rybnik 18 | 1,462
28 Jan 2013 #12
They feel mostly German and speak an German dialect.

the Silesians I know, and I know a few, live in the Zabrze - Rybnik region. They feel very Polish and are proud, as they have a right to, of their Silesian background.
APF 4 | 106
29 Jan 2013 #13
My family is from Silesia .. I dont feel Polish, German or even Upper Silesian .. I feel misanthropic.
Crow 138 | 8,067
7 Oct 2017 #14
Merged:

When Silesia start to happening to Poland, I would remind you how Croatia happened to Yugoslavia



Just pray that Germany collapse without finishing its projects. That`s your only chance, Poles.

Or pray that EU collapse (sure, it won`t be enough if Germany exist... Germany would stay strong magnet for Silesia). Or that Serbia enters EU... oh, pray hard for that. With Serbia in EU, truly, everything possible and impossible would be possible.
Ziemowit 13 | 3,820
7 Oct 2017 #15
I dont feel Polish, German or even Upper Silesian .. I feel misanthropic.

Feel as you wish, but most Silesians feel Silesian and Polish at the same time as the result of the last national census has shown despite the RAŚ being a very noisy organisation which succeeded in getting surprisingly huge public attention.


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