- It is one of the two official languages in the Republic of Belarus under the current Constitution (Article 17), along with Russian. Additionally, it is spoken in some parts of Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, and Ukraine by Belarusian minorities in those countries.
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The official languages of Belarus are equally Belarusian and Russian. The language situation in Belarus is characterized by a co-existence of several linguistic codes. The two most widespread codes are Belarusian , Russian and the so-called Trasianka , a mixed speech in which Belarusian and Russian elements and structures alternate arbitrarily.
Apr 25, 2017 · Russian. The most widely spoken language in Belarus is Russian, one of the two official languages. Russian was reinstated as an official language after the Belarusian referendum of 1995 during which 88.3% of voters supported an equal legal status for both Russian and Belarusian.
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In the first Belarus Census of 1999, the Belarusian language was declared as a "language spoken at home" by about 3,686,000 Belarusian citizens (36.7% of the population).   About 6,984,000 (85.6%) of Belarusians declared it their "mother tongue".
An older form of Belarusian was used as the official language of administration in the 14th to 16th centuries in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which included present-day Belarus as well as Lithuania and Ukraine. Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian constitute the East Slavic language group.
Belarus (officially, the Republic of Belarus) is divided into 6 regions (voblastsi, sing. voblasts) and 1 municipality (horad). The regions are: Brest, Gomel, Grodno, Mogilev, Minsk and Vitebsk. Horad Minsk (Minsk City) is the municipality. The regions are further subdivided into a total of 118 raions (districts).
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There is no exact data on when the Belarusian language originated in history, although we know that it has existed for centuries. It is impossible to go back in time to listen to the language used by people 800-1000 years ago, but we can turn to written sources to build up a picture of the events that had led to the present situation. 1229 –the treaty between Smalensk, Ryga and Gotsky bereg with distinctive features of the Belarusian language. Read also: Why everyone thinks Belarus is a part of Russia 1517 – Francysk Skaryna publishes his first edition of the Bible with his own prefaces in the Old Belarusian (Ruthenian). 1529– the First Statute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: all the legislation written in Belarusian. 1566 – the Second Statute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: Belarusian is the official language of the state. 1859-1905– publishing in Belarusian Latin script was banned in Russian Empire. 1862 – the first illegal newspaperMużyckaja prauda by Kastuś Kalinoŭski. 1897 –...
After gaining independence from the USSR in 1991, the Belarusian language regained its prestige and popular interest and became the language spoken in Belarus but not for long. Four years later the Russian language was introduced as the second state language, while the Belarusian language lost its status as the only official language. Brainwashed for centuries, Belarusians had little reason to switch back to Belarusian. There was no real government support and promotion of the native language. The number of Belarusian-only language schools was decreasing, books published in Russian were prevailing, state television and newspapers were predominantly in Russian. Read also: This dialect map lets you hear how Belarusians speak native language The language was gradually stigmatized in favour of Russia. In the following years, Belarusian became the language of the political opposition and counterculture. Those speaking Belarusian were perceived as renegades and were subject to discriminat...
At the moment even language experts can’t estimate the exact number of Belarusians speaking their mother tongue. Government statistics put the figure at 23% of the population, according to the census of 2009. It also shows 72% of Belarusians speak Russian at home, while Belarusian is actively used by only 11,9% of Belarusians. About 29.4% of Belarusians can write, speak, and read it; while 52,5% can only read and speak it. Read also: 5 tender phrases to say ‘I love you’ in Belarusian Meanwhile, independent sources report less than 10% of Belarusians using Belarusian in their daily lives. The UNESCO put Belarusian in the category of endangered languages. Currently, the language speakers are mostly represented by older rural inhabitantsand a handful of those living in the cities. Despite a formally equal status of Belarusian and Russian, the latter is still primarily used by the Belarusian government. Russian is dominant in all spheres of life, including public and private services, l...
Well,Belarusian was never spoken in Belarus. The linguistic situation in Belarus is similar to Austria. Russian standard language is much older that Belarusian standard language.