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  1. The precursor to modern Polish is the Old Polish language.Ultimately, Polish descends from the unattested Proto-Slavic language. Polish was a lingua franca from 1500 to 1700 in Central and parts of Eastern Europe, because of the political, cultural, scientific and military influence of the former Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

  2. Silesian or Upper Silesian is a West Slavic ethnolect of the Lechitic group, spoken by a small percentage of people in Silesia.Its vocabulary was significantly influenced by Central German due to the existence of numerous Silesian German speakers in the area prior to World War II and after.

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