The West Polesian microlanguage,[1] (Native name: Заходышнополіська волода, Zakhodyshnopoliska voloda; Ukrainian: Західнополіська мікромова, Zakhidnopolis'ka mikromova, Belarusian: Заходнепалеская мікрамова, Zakhodniepalieskaya mikramova) or dialect is spoken in Southwestern Belarus, in Northwestern Ukraine and in the bordering regions of Poland. It is also considered a Slavic microlanguage, in effect a transitional language between the Ukrainian and the Belarusian.

Its composition is said to be 40 percent Ukrainian, 5 percent Belarusian, 5 percent Polish, and 50 percent Polesian.[1]

West Polesian dialects are mostly used in everyday speech, though attempts have been made in 1990s by efforts of Nikolai Shelyagovich to develop a standard written language for the dialect.[2]


  1. ^ a b Marek Jan Chodakiewicz (2012). Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas. Vasily Ptashits (Василий Пташиц) and the Polesian nationalism. Transaction Publishers. p. 493. ISBN 1412847745. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Цыхун Г.А. Пра заходнепалескую літаратурную мікрамову (праект М. Шэляговіча) (retrieved July 13, 2016) First published in: Матэрыялы навукова-краязнаўчай канфэрэнцыі “Палесьсе ў ХХ ст.” (1-4 чэрвеня, Беласток) / Укл. і аг. рэд. Ф.Клімука, А.Энгелькінг, В.Лабачэўская. — Менск: Тэхналёгія, 2001. — 320 с. — Наклад 320 ас. ISBN 985-458-034-2