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Slovak (Slovencina)

Source: Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations in Geneva


Native Name

Total Speakers
5,606,000 (1990)

Usage By Country
Official Language: Slovak Republic Official Status: Voivodina, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Home Speakers: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Hungary, also in Poland, Romania and Ukraine

It belongs to the Indo-European family, Slavonic group, West Slavonic subgroup, and has nearly 5 million speakers. Slovak is the official language of Slovakia, and is largely inherently intelligible with Czech, though it is a separate language with a slightly different alphabet and a distinct literature. As a national language, it developed in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, prompted by a rise in the Slovak people's awareness of their national identity and the accompanying need for education and literacy.

Received 6/10/1998
Posted 8/7/1998
Checked 11/12/1998