Vilamovian language

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Vilamovian language

Postby Qsy » 2012-02-08, 18:35

Vilamovian or Wilamowicean (Wymysiöeryś) is a West Germanic language spoken in the small town of Wilamowice (Wymysoj in Vilamovian) near Bielsko-Biała, on the border between Silesia and Lesser Poland in the historical region of Galicia. At present, there are about 70 native users of Vilamovian, the majority of them elderly people; Vilamovian is therefore a moribund language.

And here you have a guy speaking this language http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql2E9bOpw2E

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Re: Vilamovian language

Postby Reinder » 2012-02-08, 19:01

Wow, I never heard about this language. It seems pretty cool. I'm surprised how close this is to Dutch, really special.
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Re: Vilamovian language

Postby Ludwig Whitby » 2012-02-08, 19:13

Cool. I can't believe I've never heard of this language before.

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Re: Vilamovian language

Postby Qsy » 2012-02-08, 19:54

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfg3jHV1TzE another video about it, there's plenty of them if u write down ,,język wilamowski" on youtube

For non-polish speakers:
This language is really close to Dutch because this small town (that lies close to my family town:D) was built in XIII century by Flemish immigrants. This language was used by all the inhabitants of this town until 1945 when communists started to destroy it. Now there's only some 100 people who speak it (the town has some 3000 inhabitants) but there are some young people who got interested in it. One of them Tymoteusz Król in the age of 14 managed to add this language to the register of language of the Library Of Congress in Washington. So maybe basics are not very good but there's a lot of will to renew and develop this language.

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Re: Vilamovian language

Postby zeme » 2012-02-09, 13:34

Tymoteusz also started working on the Vilamovian incubator, which has the potential of eventually becoming a Vilamovian Wikipedia. The approval is now on hold until more speakers join, but the discussion has been in favour of its creation.
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