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The Belarusian Language

[ 1995 Postage Stamp - Day of Writing and Printing ]

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This section of the A Belarus Miscellany Web site provides an informal summary of the history and current state of the Belarusian language. Scroll through this page to select the topic in which you are interested.


Contents



Background


Educated at the Cracow (Poland) and Padua (Italy) universities, Frantzisk Skaryna (1490 - 1552), poet, printer, and medical doctor from Polacak, was very important in the development of the Belarusian language. His translation of the Bible into the Belarusian vernacular was reprinted in Vilna by the brothers Mamonich, who set up the first printing press there in 1525. (Refer to this link for a sample page from his translation and printing of the book of Ecclesiastes, as well as several other postage stamps honoring Skaryna.)

[ 1997 Postage Stamp - Skaryna and Cracovia ]

Postage stamp; 1 of 4 (1997): Skaryna and Cracovia


[ 1996 Postage Stamp - Cover of 'Gramatika Slovenska', 1596 ]

Postage stamp (1996): cover of Gramatika Slovenska, by Laurentziya Zizaniya, 1596




Alphabets: Lacinka versus the two Cyrillic forms



Western (Central European) Alphabet: Lacinka



Cyrillic Orthography: Taraskevitza versus Narkomovka



Orthography (Rules of Spelling)



Belarusian Alphabets: Cyrillic, Latzinka, and Transliterated



Cyrillic Fonts



The Belarusian Language Today



The Future of the Belarusian Language



Web Links & Notes:



Belarusian Dictionaries



Literature



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