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Polabian is the westernmost attested West Slavic language. It was spoken in the vicinity of Wustrow, Lüchow, and Dannenberg in Hannoversches Wendland, an area located approximately 120 km southeast from Hamburg and northeast from Hannover (Germany).

The vernacular names of the language were slüvensťĕ and vensťĕ, literally ‘Slavic’. The name Polabian is a conventional linguistic term, as well as other names used in the literature (e.g., Ge Lüneburgisch-Wendisch, Draväno-Polabisch, Dravänisch).

Our knowledge of Polabian comes from a dozen of texts compiled at the la…

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Jocz, Lechosław, “Polabian”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief University of Kansas General Editor University of Chicago Associate Editors University of Kansas Brown University University of Amsterdam University of Warsaw University of Zagreb University of Mainz Stockholm University Marc L. Greenberg, Lenore A. Grenoble, Stephen M. Dickey, Masako Ueda Fidler, René Genis, Marek Łaziński, Anita Peti-Stantić, Björn Wiemer, Nadežda V. Zorixina-Nilsson. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032384>
First published online: 2020

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