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The Wymysiöeryśy Akademyj – Accademia Wilamowicziana (WA-AW), founded on the 7th of November 2013 at the University of Warsaw, was established with the goal of creating a single academic body through which efforts in documention and revitalisation of the Wymysorys language could be coordinated. The WA-AW for the first time brings together native speakers, academics and community members in an international partnership of co-operation and understanding.
The traditional language of the Southern Polish town of Wilamowice, Wymysorys is the smallest language in the West Germanic family. If not for recent efforts to engage the town’s younger population in learning their traditional language, Wymysorys would be considered moribund, with only isolated cases of children learning the language since the conclusion of the Second World War.
Unlike endangered animals or heritage buildings, the lack of a physical form presents an initial challenge to broadening community awareness of minority languages. It is an obvious point that spoken language cannot be seen, however it is important to consider the impact of a lack of physical forms on those unofficial languages.