Vol. IV, No. 3-4
THE INFLUENCE OF NON-LINGUISTIC FACTORS ON THE RISE
AND FALL OF THE OLD BYELORUSSIAN LITERARY LANGUAGE
...The Old Byelorussian period can be defined as lasting from the 14th to the 18th century. The 14th century saw the appearance of the first gramoty with unmistakable Byelorussian phonetic features. From the end of the 15th to the mid-17th century a variety of genres came into vogue, while Byelorussian in the 18th century was largely confined to Polish school dramas...