A bilingual sign in Niesendorf/Niža Wjes near Bautzen
West Slav tribes in the 9th and 10th centuries
Reconstruction of the Slavic temple in Groß Raden
West Slavic languages

The Sorbian languages (, serbska rěc) are two closely related and partially mutually intelligible languages spoken by the Sorbs, a West Slavic minority in the Lusatia region of eastern Germany.

- Sorbian languages

The West Slavic group can be divided into three subgroups: Lechitic, including Polish, Kashubian and the extinct Polabian and Pomeranian languages as well as Lusatian (Sorbian) and Czecho-Slovak.

- West Slavs

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After the invasion of the Huns in 375, and with the decline of Rome from 395, Germanic tribes moved farther southwest: the Franks established the Frankish Kingdom and pushed east to subjugate Saxony and Bavaria, and areas of what is today eastern Germany were inhabited by Western Slavic tribes.

Recognised native minority languages in Germany are Danish, Low German, Low Rhenish, Sorbian, Romany, North Frisian and Saterland Frisian; they are officially protected by the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

Traditional female costume of Lower Lusatia (Spreewald)


Traditional female costume of Lower Lusatia (Spreewald)
Map of the Sorbian-Lusatian tribes between the 7th and 11th century, by Wilhelm Bogusławski, 1861.
The reconstructed Lusatian gord (fortification) of Raduš (Raddusch), near Vetschau in Lower Lusatia.
"House of the Sorbs" (Serbski dom) in Bautzen
Bautzen, German-Sorbian folk theatre
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Bilingual names of streets in Cottbus
Sorbian flag
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Coat of arms of Upper Lusatia, as drawn by Hugo Gerard Ströhl
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Coat of arms of Lower Lusatia, as drawn by Hugo Gerard Ströhl
Lusatia was part of the Polish state between 1002 and 1031 under the rule of Bolesław I.
Map of approximate Sorb-inhabited area in Germany.
Map of area and towns inhabited by Sorbs.
Detailed map of Sorb-inhabited area in Germany (in Lower Sorbian).

Sorbs (, Serby, Sorben, also known as Lusatians and Wends) are a West Slavic ethnic group predominantly inhabiting the parts of Lusatia located in the German states of Saxony and Brandenburg.

Sorbs traditionally speak the Sorbian languages (also known as "Wendish" and "Lusatian"), which are closely related to Czech, Polish, Kashubian, Silesian, and Slovak.