Kashubian studies
Kashubian studies is a philological
Philology is the study of language in written historical sources; it is a combination of literary studies, history and linguistics.Classical philology is the philology of Greek and Classical Latin...

 discipline, a branch of Slavic studies, researching the language
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, literature
Literature is the art of written works, and is not bound to published sources...

, culture
Culture is a term that has many different inter-related meanings. For example, in 1952, Alfred Kroeber and Clyde Kluckhohn compiled a list of 164 definitions of "culture" in Culture: A Critical Review of Concepts and Definitions...

, and history
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 of the Kashubians
Kashubians/Kaszubians , also called Kashubs, Kashubes, Kaszubians, Kassubians or Cassubians, are a West Slavic ethnic group in Pomerelia, north-central Poland. Their settlement area is referred to as Kashubia ....


The main centre for development of Kashubian studies is the University of Gdańsk, Poland
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. Since 2009 the Institute of Polish Language and Literature at the university has operated a teaching specialisation
Academic specialization
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: teaching of Polish
Polish language
Polish is a language of the Lechitic subgroup of West Slavic languages, used throughout Poland and by Polish minorities in other countries...

 and Kashubian language
Kashubian language
Kashubian or Cassubian is one of the Lechitic languages, a subgroup of the Slavic languages....

 and culture studies (Kashubian studies) within its Polish studies
Polish studies
Polish studies is the field of humanities that researches, documents and disseminates Polish language and literature in both its historic and present-day forms...

 program. It is in accordance with Article 8 of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
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, which is in force in Poland, and concerns the opportunity to learn regional language
Regional language
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s at all levels, from preschool to university.

External links

Institute of Polish Language and Literature within University of Gdańsk
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