THE KASHUB LANGUAGE
The Polish Kashub people in Wilno and area brought two languages from Poland in 1858: the language they speak at home and at work is the
Kashub language; but the language of their church is the Polish language. The mass is said in the Polish language, all the prayer books are written in the Polish language and the hymns and prayers are in
From the beginning, our ancestors thought they spoke a dialect of the Polish Language and some have even said that they speak a "low" form of
the Polish Language. In Poland, there has been a debate on the subject of this dialect. The Kashub culture has been fighting for centuries to lay claim that their language has a name and is not a dialect
of another language but a language that stands on its own, having 76 different dialects itself.
On January 6, 2005, the Polish Parliament passed the new Minorities and Regional Language Law, in which Kashub was finally acknowledged as a language.