THE LANGUAGE OF POLISH PEOPLE IN CARPATHIAN BUKOVINA (Jezyk Polakow na Bukowicie Karpackiej)
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The Polish group which was settling in Bukovina since 18th century was various as far as the place of origin is concerned. These are comers from Galicia, Lesser Poland and the region of Czadca in Slovakia. In this article the author presented linguistic situation in particular villages according to the division of Polish community which varies regarding the origin and present place of residence. In the Polish language of Bukovina - according to the research - relatively faint traces of the dialect of Lesser Poland can be found. The speech of comers from Lesser Poland weakened due to the prestige of the speech of settlers from Eastern Galicia which developed mainly in conditions of Polish-Ukrainian bilinguism as well as Polish-Ukrainian-Romanian trilinguism or even Polish-Ukrainian-Romanian-German polylinguism. The author circumstantiated linguistic contacts of the Polish group in Kaczyka, Nowy Soloniec, Paltynoasa, Plesza, Pojana Mikuli (in Southern Bukovina) as well as in Stara Huta, Dolne Piotrowce, Tereblecze (in Northern Bukovina) and Czerniowce, Storozyniec and Panka. The most important linguistic features were named in the article. As a result, the Polish community in the Southern Bukovina region can be divided into four groups varying as far as the language and origin are concerned: the dialect of Kaczyka village, dialect of Bukovinian Highlanders; dialect of Ruda village; dialect of Bulaj and Michoweny villages. There is the Polish language, so called allBukovinian which is a variation of the Polish language of SouthEastern borderland and the dialect of Bukovinian Highlanders (with different features than the mentioned above).
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