Lesser Polish dialect

The Lesser Polish dialect (Polish: dialekt małopolski) is a cluster of regional varieties of the Polish language around the Lesser Poland historical region. The exact area is difficult to delineate due to the expansion its features and the existence of transitional subdialects.[1]

Common subdialects of the Lesser Polish dialect include Podhale, Kraków, Lwów, Sącz, Żywiec, Kielce and some others.

The common traits of the Lesser Polish dialect include:

  • Mazurzenie[2]
  • voiceless->voicing shift, including word boundaries[2] (niosłeś->nióześ, kot leci -> kod_leci)
  • differentiated nasalisation (or lack thereof) of ą and ę in different parts of the area[2]
  • pronunciation of -enka suffix (typical of many female nouns) as εŋka rather than εnka ("dziewczynka", "sukienka")
  • A more aggressive merger of stop+fricative consonant clusters into affricates. This happens in Standard Polish when preceding obstruents ( "drzwi" → "dżwi"), however in Lesser Polish in may happen in front of sonorants, including vowels, for example trzysta ('three hundred') is pronounced as czysta ('clean' fem.) vs. "cz-szysta" in colloquial Standard or "t-szysta" in "hypercorrect" speech.[2]
  • frequent usage of initial syllable stress, also oxytonic stress in vocative case (as opposed to paroxytonic stress common in other varieties of Polish)[2]
  • frequent usage of grammatical particle "że" in imperative mood ("weźże" vs. "weź" - take)


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