False Friends of the Slavist/Lower Sorbian

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Dolnoserbska rěc (Lower Sorbian)

(c. 7 000 native speakers)
Słowjańske wopacne pśijaśele w dolnoserbšćinje

  • is a complete false friend for about 28 million native speakers of Czech, Slovak, Serbian, Macedonian;
  • is a true friend for about 350.6 million native speakers of Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Polish, Kashubian, Upper Sorbian, Slovenian, Croatian, Bosnian, Bulgarian.


  • The Lower Sorbian meaning ‘Slovenian’ is shared by R. словенский, Blr. славенскі, Ukr. словінський, Pol. słoweński, Ka. słowensczi, USo. słowjenski, Sln. slovenski, Cr. slovenski, Bo. slovenski, Bg. словенски.
  • The meaning ‘Slovak’ (słowakski) is attested in Cz. slovenský, Slk. slovenský.
  • The meaning ‘Slavonic’ (słowjański) is attested in Sb. словенски, Mk. словенски.
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For additional information on false friends, see the On-line hypertext bibliography by Daniel Bunčić and Ryszard Lipczuk.

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