West Polesian microlanguage

West Polesian
Cyrillic Alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog None

The West Polesian microlanguage[1] (Native name: Заходышнополіська волода, Zakhodyshnopoliska voloda; Ukrainian: Західнополіська мікромова, Zakhidnopolis'ka mikromova; Belarusian: Заходнепалеская мікрамова, Zakhodniepalieskaya mikramova) or dialect is spoken in Southwestern Belarus, in Northwestern Ukraine and in the bordering regions of Poland. It is also considered a Slavic microlanguage, in effect a transitional language between Ukrainian and the Belarusian.

Its composition is said to be 40 percent Ukrainian, 5 percent Belarusian, 5 percent Polish, and 50 percent Polesian.[1]

West Polesian dialects are mostly used in everyday speech, though attempts have been made in 1990s by efforts of Nikolai Shelyagovich to develop a standard written language for the dialect.[2]

See also


  1. 1 2 Marek Jan Chodakiewicz (2012). Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas. Vasily Ptashits (Василий Пташиц) and the Polesian nationalism. Transaction Publishers. p. 493. ISBN 1412847745. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  2. Цыхун Г.А. Пра заходнепалескую літаратурную мікрамову (праект М. Шэляговіча) (retrieved July 13, 2016) First published in: Матэрыялы навукова-краязнаўчай канфэрэнцыі “Палесьсе ў ХХ ст.” (1-4 чэрвеня, Беласток) / Укл. і аг. рэд. Ф.Клімука, А.Энгелькінг, В.Лабачэўская. — Менск: Тэхналёгія, 2001. — 320 с. — Наклад 320 ас. ISBN 985-458-034-2
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