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A West Slavic language spoken mainly in Poland.

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What caused seemingly irregular cases of Polish raising /o/ > /u/ (graphically ó)?

According to Bethin’s Polish Syllables (a 1992 work I have seen cited but am unable to consult firsthand), the regular environment for raising of *o to /u/ (written as ó) in Polish is closed syllables ...
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čьrnъ > czarny, čьrvenъ > czervony (Polish)

According to Wiktionary, Polish czarny is from PSl *čьrnъ, and czervony is from *čьrvenъ. At least prima facie the soft yers appears to have become different vowels in Polish. I'm aware of the ...
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Question about cases in Polish

Cases are baffling and puzzling to me. I'm trying to learn Polish and trying to master the cases, and I'm sincerely confused at all the different uses one case can have. If one case is, say, used with ...
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Unclear Polish case usage

I saw the following two constructions in Polish: Za około dwadzieścia minut Po około dwudziestu minutach And I don't really understand their grammatical rules. Za takes accusative, 20 and około take ...
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How can the polysemy of the Polish instrumental case be explained?

If the instrumental case in Polish is used to designate the tool with which an action, or state of being, is being performed/is, how is it that the instrumental is also used to express time and ...
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