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Szymbark – Kashubian basal reader (ABC)

Posted by polandphotos on October 20, 2008

Kaszuby is the historical region of Poland, a part of Pomerania (Polish: Pomorze). In the village Szymbark (on the route Kartuzy – Kościerzyna, about 60 km south of Gdańsk) You can see graphic Kashubian basal reader (ABC).

Main cities of Kaszuby region are: Wejherowo, Kartuzy, Puck, Chojnice, Kościerzyna. The capitol of Kaszuby is Kartuzy (some people claim that Kościerzyna). Gdańsk is the official residence of the most important Kashubian organizations.

Kashubian or Cassubian (Kashubian: kaszëbsczi jãzëk, pòmòrsczi jãzëk, kaszëbskò-słowińskô mòwa; Polish: język kaszubski) is one of the Lechitic languages, a subgroup of the Slavic languages.

Kashubian is assumed to have evolved from the language spoken by some tribes of Pomeranians called Kashubians, in the region of Pomerania, on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea between the Vistula and Oder rivers.

It is closely related to Slovincian, and both of them are dialects of Pomeranian. Though the Kashubian language can hardly be understood by Polish speakers, until recently many Polish linguists considered it a dialect of Polish, although this has been caused mostly by political decree.

Similarly to Polish, Kashubian includes numerous loanwords from Low German, such as kùńszt (art), and some from German. Other sources of loanwords include the Baltic languages, Russian and Polish.
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