Deutsche Dialekte - Linkverzeichnis
(German Dialects Link Catalogue - Paul Joyce)

University of Portsmouth


  Map of the Sorbian Language
A map indicating where Upper and Lower Sorbian are spoken.

  Überblickskarte: Sorbisches Siedlungsgebiet
A second map indicating where Upper and Lower Sorbian settlement areas and giving the names of the major conurbations in both German and Sorbian.

  About Sorbian Language
Helmut Faßke's overview of the Sorbian language and its close relation to Polish, Kashubian, Czech and Slovak has been translated into English by Heather Watson.

  The Sorbian language in education in Germany
A 48-page dossier on the status of the Sorbian language in education in Germany published by Mercator Education.

  Sorbische Sprache - Wikipedia
An introduction to the history, grammar and lexis of the Sorbian language from the online enclyclopaedia Wikipedia.

  Obersorbisch für Anfänger
The Sorbisches Institut offers a primer for Upper Sorbian for German-speakers with exercises and a bilingual Sorbian-German dictionary.

  Informationen zur niedersorbischen Sprache
Information about the West Slavic language of Lower Sorbian that is spoken in the southern part of the Brandenburg Region in Germany.

  Die Sprache der Sorben
An analysis of the development of the Sorbian language that has German, Sorbian and English versions.

  Sorbische Sprache und Zweisprachigkeit
The Saxon Ministry of Science and the Fine Arts discusses how most Sorbians grow up able to communicate bilingually.

Wörterbücher (Dictionaries)

  Deutsch-sorbisches Wörterbuch und Rechtschreibprüfung
A German-Sorbian online dictionary and spellchecker designed by Wito Bejmak.

  Obersorbisches phraseologisches Wörterbuch im Internet
An online phraseological dictionary for Upper Sorbian presented by the Sorbisches Institut.

  Deutsch-Niedersorbisches Wörterbuch (DNW)
A new version of the German-Lower Sorbian dictionary has been in production since 2001 at the Sorbian Institute. The internet version of this dictionary contains approximately 24,900 entriesfor Lower Sorbian Institute for out the West Slavic language of Lower Sorbian that is spoken in the southern part of the Brandenburg Region in Germany.

  Aktives Deutsch-Niedersorbisches Wörterbuch (DNW)
In 1996 the Cottbus Department of Lower Sorbian Studies at the Sorbian Institute in Bautzen began work on a medium-term lexicographical project: the Lexical Database of the Lower Sorbian Literary Language. Part of this project involves the Active German-Lower Sorbian Learners' Dictionary of Verbal Vocabulary. An on-line version of this dictionary has now been created in order to give the general public access to the results of the project, which are updated continuously.

  Terminologija - Terminologie
A collection of bilingual German-Sorbian glossaries of terminology in areas ranging from politics to sport. The glossaries were compiled by staff and students at the Institut of Sorbian Studies at the University of Leipzig.

  Sorbische/wendische Bezeichnungen
A collection of Sorbian names and terminology from the Sorbian Cultural Information Office in Cottbus, inlcuding place names, street names and job descriptions in Sorbian.

  Deutsch-sorbisches Wörterbuch
An online German-Sorbian dictionary to accompany the course Obersorbisch für Anfänger offered by the Sorbisches Institut. The Sorbian-German version of this dictionary can be accessed here.

Geschichte und Kultur
(History and Culture)

  Zur sorbischen Geschichte
The website Serbja-Serby gives a historical overview of the Sorbs from 600 A.D. to the present day.

  A Slav Nation in Germany. The Sorbs and their Organisations
A thorough overview of the history and status of the Sorbian people from Domowina, the Federation of Lusatian Sorbs.

  Zur Geschichte der Sorben
The Sorbs, or Wends, in both parts of Lusatia belonged to the Slav tribes which migrated to the area between the Oder and the Elbe/Saale from the sixth century onwards. Despite the fact that from the tenth century onwards they were subject to German rule, they were able to retain their separate ethnic identity up till the present day.

  Sorben - Wikipedia
An overview of the culture and history of the Sorbian people from the online enclyclopaedia Wikipedia.

  Die Sorben - Was? Wann? Warum?
An introduction to the Sorbs and their history from the German broadcaster Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk.

  A Chronology of the History of the Sorbs
A brief chronology of the history of the Sorbian peoples in German, Sorbian and English.

  Die Sorben als eine nationale Minderheit in Deutschland
Kristina D.C. Höppner and Jana Hentschel explain the history and status of the Sorbs as a national minority in Germany.

  Die Sorben als eine nationale Minderheit in Deutschland
Kristina D.C. Höppner and Jana Hentschel explain the history and status of the Sorbs as a national minority in Germany.

  The wholesale destruction of the Sorb settlements through strip-mining
An analysis of the harmful effects of brown coal strip-mining before and after German reunification in regions with Sorb settlements.

  Die sorbische Volkskultur
The website Serbja-Serby provides an insight into Sorbian folk culture and the role played by traditional dress in preserving identity.

  Internecy - serbska cyberwjeska
The website Internecy is an online Sorbian cyber-village.

  Les Sorabes de Lusace
Jean Louis Veyrac describes the history, culture and language of the Sorbs in Lusatia.

  Eero Balk
The homepage of Eero Balk provides information about the Sorbs (Wends) in an number of European languages.

Sorben im Ausland
(Sorbs in other countries)

  Geschichte der Texassorben
An explanation of how Sorbian speakers arrived in Texas from the Texas Wendish Heritage Society in Serbin, Texas.

  Texas Wendish Heritage Society
The Texas Wendish Heritage Museum preserves the history of the Texas Wends, Slavic immigrants from Lusatia, an area in eastern Germany.

  Who are the Wends?
Ron Lammert explains how a group of Sorbian settlers arrived in America in 1854 and the history of these pioneers.

  Wends - The Handbook of Texas
Sylvia Grider explains the history and background of the Wends who settled in Texas in the middle of the 19th century.

  German-speakers in Australia - Wends
The Wends (also known as Sorbs) are a minority Slavic people and are concentrated in an area known as Lusatia in the eastern corner of Germany that borders the Czech Republic. In Australia they are usually known as Wends, and in Germany as Sorbs.

Institutionen und Verbände
(Institutions and associations)

  Domowina - Bund Lausitzer Sorben
The Domowina - Federation of Lusatian Sorbs e.V. - was founded on 13 October 1912 in Hoyerswerda as the umbrella organisation of Sorbian societies and associations. At the present time the Domowina has around 7,300 members in five regional associations and twelve associations which operate over the whole Sorbian area. It sees its main task as representing the political interests of the Sorbs in discussions with parliaments and governments. At the same time it supports the idea of greater autonomy, above all in educational and cultural matters. Amongst its goals are the maintenance and development of the language, culture and traditions of the Sorbian nation, and the promotion of tolerance and understanding between the German and Sorbian people.

  Sorbisches Institut - Serbski Institut
The Sorbian Institute in Bautzen carries out research into the past and present situation of the Sorbs (otherwise known as the Wends) in Upper and Lower Lusatia, concentrating on their language, history and culture. It collects material that is needed for this research, organizes it into archives and at the same time makes it available to the public. The Institute also engages in inter-disciplinary research focussing on the current situation, the specific circumstances and the comparative study of minority languages and cultures in Europe. It is a particular aim of the staff of the Institute to influence the cultural and linguistic practices in both parts of Lusatia.

  Institut für Sorabistik - Universität Leipzig
The Institute of Sorbian Studies was established in 1951 as the first and only university establishment in Germany to offer the discipline Sorbian studies - the language and culture of the Lausitz Sorbs, the smallest of the Slavic peoples. Initially intended mainly for training teachers of Sorbian and those intending to work in Sorbian institutions, the Institute of Sorbian Studies later broadened its approach to take into account other professional fields in response to the growing significance and recognition of minorities and small peoples within Europe.

  Stiftung für das sorbische Volk
The Institute for the Sorbian People is a co-operation between the regional governments of Saxony and Brandenburg whose aim is to support and protect the usage of Sorbian language, culture and traditions as an expression of identity of the Sorbian people.

  Sorbische Kulturinformation Bautzen/ Serbska kulturna informacija Budyšin
The Sorbian Cultural Information Office in Bautzen answers all questions about Sorbian history and culture as well as organising educational group excursions to Budyšin / Bautzen and bilingual Lusatia and organising exhibitions and club evenings in the rooms of the Sorbian Cultural Information Office.

  Sorbisches Museum Bautzen/ Serbski Muzej Budyšin
The permanent exhibition of the Sorbian Museum in Bautzen has four sections: the history of the Sorbs from past to present, culture and lifestyle, developments in language and literature and Sorbian visual arts.

  Sorbische Kulturinformation LODKA Cottbus
LODKA, the Sorbian Cultural Information Office in Cottbus, was opened in 1992 and informs visitors about the life, history, language and culture of the Sorbs in the Lausitz region.

  Wendisches Museum Cottbus
Opened in 1994, the Wendish Museum in Cottbus offers a number of exhibitions about Sorbian history and culture, with exhibits drawn from folk culture and literary antiquities.

  Niedersorbische Bibliothek
The Lower Sorbian library in Cottbus opened in 1991 and houses books, pictures and multimedia materials. The library also has a special collection of antiquarian Sorbian literature.

  SKI Berlin
The SKI Berlin is a meeting point in Berlib for Sorbs and Germans and anyone interested in Sorbian culture. The programme offers predominantly Sorb themes with lectures, readings and celebrations.

  Sorbischer Kulturtourismus
This institution based in Hoyerswerda seeks to promote Sorbian cultural and historical tourism in Brandenburg and Saxony.

  Förderkreis für sorbische Volkskultur
The Förderkreis für sorbische Volkskultur in Bautzen supports the maintenance and dissemination of Sorbian folk culture in all its different genres.

  Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst
The Saxon Ministry of Science and the Fine Arts explains all about Sorbian art and culture in Saxony and how Sorbian rights are represented in the region.

  Macica Serbska
The Sorbian scientific society Macica Serbska was founded in 1847 in Bautzen and encourages scientific research and the dissemination of knowledge about the Sorbian people.

The homepage of Pawk provides information about the Sorbian youth association.

  Serbski Sokol
Serbski Sokol is the umbrella organisation for Sorbian sporting organisations.

  Bund sorbischer Handwerker und Unternehmer
The Association of Sorbian Craftsmen and Entrepreneurs is a community of Sorbian craftsman and entrepreneurs and it supports measures of infrastructure development. Additionally, it promotes activity in the spheres of Sorbian culture and education.

The Cyrill-Methodius-Verein represents the interests of the Catholic Sorbian Christians.

  Sorbischer Evangelischer Verein
The Sorbian Evangelical Association publishes a magazine Pomhaj Bóh which appears every month in Upper Sorbian.

Erziehung (Education)

  Sorbischer Schulverein
The Sorbian School Association was established in 1991 and represents the educational interests of Sorbs from pre-school education to university studies.

  Arbeitsstelle Bildungsentwicklung Cottbus (ABC)
The Arbeitsstelle Bildungsentwicklung Cottbus establishes the framework curricula for the teaching of Sorbian/Wendish in schools.

  Sorbisches Gymnasium Bautzen
The Sorbian Grammar School in Bautzen was established in September 1947. It aims to provides students with a full education in Sorbian language and culture and to facilitate bilingual co-existence.

  Niedersorbisches Gymnasium Cottbus
The homepage of the Lower Sorbian (Wendish) High School in Cottbus offers information about the school in Sorbian, German and English.

  Zwjazk serbskich studowacych
The Association of Sorbian Students provides information about student activities and opportunities.

The WITAJ project aims to offer bilingual (Sorbian and German) pre-school education in Brandenburg and Saxony.

  Unsere Schule - eine Schule fürs Leben - Chróscicy/Crostwitz/
A movement whose aim is to protect Sorbian schools against closure in Crostwitz and elsewhere.

Bibliografien und Linklisten
(Bibliographies and link lists)

  Literature about Sorbian History
A bibliography of literature about the history of the Sorbian people from the Institute of Sorbian Studies at the University of Leipzig.

A thorough collection of links for all things connected with the Sorbian people.

Medien (Media)

  Serbske Nowiny
Serbske Nowiny is an evening newspaper published in Sorbian language five days a week. Established in 1920, it was soon (in 1937) banned by the Nazi regime. In 1947 it continued its activity with the name Nowa Doba. The newspaper was in 1990 renamed as Serbske Nowiny. The newspaper plays the role of the spokesman of the Sorbian people in the bilingual German region of Lusatia promoting the use and further development of the Sorbian language. is an independent online magazine for speakers of Sorbian.

  Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg - Sorbisches Programm  Includes sound files!
Full details of the television and radio programmes broadcast for Sorbian viewers and listeners by the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. The latest edition of the radio programme Bramborske serbske radijo can be listened to via this website.

  Luzyca - Sorbisches aus der Lausitz
Luzyca is a television programme aimed at the Sorbian population and transmitted by the Berlin-Brandenburg broadcaster RBB. Viewers can choose between Lower Sorbian and German audio channels.

  Bubak - Wendische Jugendsendung  Includes sound files!
Bubak is a radio programme aimed at and made by young Sorbian speakers in Lusatia. The latest edition of the programme can be listened to via this website.

  RBB - Sorbische Themenliste
A menu of the latest news items and stories related to Sorbian affairs from the broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg.

  MDR - Sorbischer Rundfunk
Details about the radio programmes made for the Sorbian minority by the broadcaster Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk.

  Wuhladko - Das Fernseh-Magazin in sorbischer Sprache
The Sorbian television programme Wuhladko is shown once a month by the regional broadcaster Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk. The spoken language is Upper Sorbian and there are German subtitles.

  Sorbischsprachige Medien
A list of Sorbian newspapers, periodicals and radio stations from the Saxon Ministry of Science and the Fine Arts.

  Angebote für Sorben (Wenden)
Details of what is on offer for Sorbian speakers from the Brandenburgischer Bildungsserver.

Theater und Literatur (Theatre and Literature)

  Sorbische Literatur
An overview of the history of literature written in Sorbian.

  Upper Sorbian Text Corpus
This interface from the Sorbisches Institut is for exploiting their online text corpus. You can specify which texts you want to search, from belletristics and bibles to journals, scientific literature and bilingual dictionaries.

  Domowina Verlag
The Domowina People's Press, founded in 1958, continues a 450-year-old tradition of Sorbian literature and produces a wide range of high quality publications in three languages, including newspapers, journals, and books of all kinds, in addition to textbooks and teaching materials. It generates and produces publications related to the Sorbs, their identity, culture, and academic activity. These include works of fiction and children's books written by living Sorbian writers; among these are famous names like Jurij Brezan and Kito Lorenc, as well as representatives of the middle and younger generations of authors. The classics of Sorbian literature are regularly kept in print, and works of world literature under licence are a staple item in the editorial programme.

  Jakub Bart-Cišinski
Jakub Bart-Cišinski (1856-1909) was perhaps the most important Sorbian writer. He is most famous for his sonnets, ballads and dramas.

  Jurij Brezan
Information about the writer Jurij Brezan who was born in Räckelwitz (Lausitz) in 1916 and wrote in both Sorbian and German.

  Mato Kosyk
Mato Kosyk is regarded as the patriarch of Lower Sorbian literature and influenced the younger generation, especially Mina Witkojc, with whom he exchanged letters.

  Mina Witkojc
Mina Witkojc (1893-1975) was a Lower Sorbian poet and newspaper editor.

  Sorbischer Künstlerbund
The Sorbian Artists Association comprises nearly one hundred writers, composers, actors, dancers, musicians and painters.

  Deutsch-Sorbisches Volkstheater Bautzen
The German-Sorbian theatre in Bautzen is Germany's only professional bi-cultural theatre. For most of their Sorbian productions a simultaneous translation into German is provided via headphones.

  Sorbisches National-Ensemble
The Sorbian National-Ensemble has a wide repertoire, from traditional folklore plays to modern musicals and works with modern socio-political themes.

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