Silesian or Upper Silesian is a West Slavonic language with about 1,250,000 speakers in Upper Silesia, a region that is partly in Poland and partly in the Czech Republic. Silesian is closely related to Polish and is considered a dialect of Polish by some linguists.
Silesian is used to some extent in literature, films, radio and television and newspapers. Although the language currently has no official status, moves are being made to change this. A new Silesian alphabet was created in 2006 and is quite widely used on the internet and also on the Silesian Wikipedia.
Wšyjske ludźe rodzům śe swobodne a růwne we swojim werće a prawach. Sům uůne uobdařůne filipym a sůmńyńym a majům powinność wzglyndym inkšych jak brat s bratym postympować.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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