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Tutejszy (Polish pronunciation: [tuˈtɛjʂɨ]; Belarusian: Тутэйшыя, Tutejsi, literally meaning "locals", "from here") was a self-identification of rural population in mixed-lingual areas of Eastern and Northern Europe, including Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and Latvia, in particular, in Polesie and Podlasie. As a self-identification, it persisted in Lithuania's Vilnius Region into the late 20th century.[1]

The term entered into the scientific circulation in Poland in 1920-1930s. There are mixed opinions about the reasons, meaning, and implications of this term.[2][3] The Polish census of 1931 asked respondents to identify their mother tongue. Tutejsi was included and was chosen by 707,000 respondents.[4]

The group's speech (język tutejszy) was described in 2003 as "an uncodified and largely undescribed Belarusian vernacular".[5]

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  1. ^ Anatol Lieven (1994). The Baltic revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the path to independence. Yale University Press. pp. 161–162. ISBN 978-0-300-06078-2. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Majecki Henryk, Problem samookreślenia narodowego Poleszuków w Polsce okresu międzywojennego, (online) Archived September 27, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Korniluk Marcin, Ja tutejszy, Stowarzyszenie "Olszówka", (online)
  4. ^ Tadeusz Piotrowski (1998). Poland's Holocaust: Ethnic Strife, Collaboration with Occupying Forces and Genocide in the Second Republic, 1918-1947. McFarland. p. 294. ISBN 978-0-7864-0371-4. 
  5. ^ Kurt Braunmüller; Gisella Ferraresi (2003). Aspects of multilingualism in European language history. John Benjamins Publishing Company. p. 107. ISBN 978-90-272-1922-0. Retrieved 3 February 2011.