Polish (język polski, polszczyzna) is a Lechitic subgroup of West Slavic languages in Central Europ] and the official language of Poland. Its written standard is the Polish alphabet which corresponds to the Latin alphabet with several additions. Polish speakers use the language in a uniform manner throughout most of Poland.
Despite the pressure of non-Polish administrations in Poland, who have often attempted to suppress the Polish language, a rich literature has developed over the centuries, and the language is currently the largest in terms of speakers of the West Slavic group. It is also the second most widely spoken Slavic language, after Russian and before Ukrainian.
- Britannica Encyclopaedia "Lekhitic languages, also spelled Lechitic , group of West Slavic language composed of Polish, Kashubian and its archaic variant Slovincian, and the extinct Polabian language. All these languages except Polish are sometimes classified as a Pomeranian subgroup. In the early Middle Ages, before their speakers had become Germanized, Pomeranian languages and dialects were spoken along the Baltic in an area extending from the lower Vistula River to the lower Oder River."
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