The Influence of Non-Linguistic Factors on the Rise and Fall of the Old Byelorussian Literary Language

...the rise and fall of the first Belarusian written language could be seen as a classic, if not unique, example of the influence on a language of non-linguistic factors...

...The Old Belarusian period can be defined as lasting from the 14th to the 18th century. The 14th century saw the appearance of the first gramoty with unmistakable Belorusian phonetic features. From the end of the 15th to the mid-17th century a variety of genres came into vogue, while Belarusian in the 18th century was largely confined to Polish school dramas...

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