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Balkan Sprachbund

The Balkan sprachbund or Balkan language area is the ensemble of areal features--similarities in grammar, syntax, vocabulary and phonology--among the languages of the Balkans. Several features are found across these languages though not all apply to every single language.

The languages in question may belong to various separate branches of Indo-European (such as Slavic, Hellenic, Romance, Albanian and Indo-Aryan) or even outside of Indo-European (such as Turkish).

Some of the languages use these features for their standard language (i.e. those whose homeland lies almost entirely within the region) whilst other populations to whom the land is not a cultural pivot (as they have wider communities outside of it) may still adopt the features for their local register.

While some of these languages may share little vocabulary, their grammars have very extensive similarities; for example:

  • They have similar case systems, in those that have preserved grammatical case and verb conjugation systems.
  • They have all become more analytic, although to differing degrees.
  • Some of those languages mark evidentiality,[1] which is uncommon among Indo-European languages, and was likely inspired by contacts with Turkish.[2][3]


The earliest scholar to notice the similarities between Balkan languages belonging to different families was the Slovenian scholar Jernej Kopitar in 1829.[4] August Schleicher (1850)[5] more explicitly developed the concept of areal relationships as opposed to genetic ones, and Franz Miklosich (1861)[6] studied the relationships of Balkan Slavic and Romance more extensively.

Nikolai Trubetzkoy (1923),[7] Kristian Sandfeld-Jensen (1926),[8] and Gustav Weigand (1925, 1928)[9] developed the theory in the 1920s and 1930s.

In the 1930s, the Romanian linguist Alexandru Graur criticized the notion of "Balkan linguistics," saying that one can talk about "relationships of borrowings, of influences, but not about Balkan linguistics".[10]

The term "Balkan language area" was coined by the Romanian linguist Alexandru Rosetti in 1958, when he claimed that the shared features conferred the Balkan languages a special similarity. Theodor Capidan went further, claiming that the structure of Balkan languages could be reduced to a standard language. Many of the earliest reports on this theory were in German, hence the term "Balkansprachbund" is often used as well.


The languages that share these similarities belong to five distinct branches of the Indo-European languages:

The Finnish linguist Jouko Lindstedt computed in 2000 a "Balkanization factor" which gives each Balkan language a score proportional with the number of features shared in the Balkan language area.[11] The results were:

Language Score
Balkan Slavic 11.5
Albanian 10.5
Greek, Balkan Romance 9.5
Balkan Romani 7.5

Another language that may have been influenced by the Balkan language union is the Judaeo-Spanish variant that used to be spoken by Sephardi Jews living in the Balkans. The grammatical features shared (especially regarding the tense system) were most likely borrowed from Greek.


The source of these features as well as the directions have long been debated, and various theories were suggested.

Thracian, Illyrian or Dacian and Albanian as successive language

Since most of these features cannot be found in languages related to those that belong to the language area (such as other Slavic or Romance languages),[dubious ] early researchers, including Kopitar, believed they must have been inherited from the Paleo-Balkan languages (e.g. Illyrian, Thracian and Dacian) which formed the substrate for modern Balkan languages. But since very little is known about Paleo-Balkan languages, it cannot be determined whether the features were present. The strongest candidate for a shared Paleo-Balkan feature is the postposed article.


Another theory, advanced by Kristian Sandfeld in 1930, was that these features were an entirely Greek influence, under the presumption that since Greece "always had a superior civilization compared to its neighbours", Greek could not have borrowed its linguistic features from them. However, no ancient dialects of Greek possessed Balkanisms, so that the features shared with other regional languages appear to be post-classical innovations. Also, Greek appears to be only peripheral to the Balkan language area, lacking some important features, such as the postposed article. Nevertheless, several of the features that Greek does share with the other languages (loss of dative, replacement of infinitive by subjunctive constructions, object clitics, formation of future with auxiliary verb "to want") probably originated in Medieval Greek and spread to the other languages through Byzantine influence.[12]

Latin and Romance

The Roman Empire ruled all the Balkans, and local variation of Latin may have left its mark on all languages there, which were later the substrate to Slavic newcomers. This was proposed by Georg Solta. The weak point of this theory is that other Romance languages have few of the features, and there is no proof that the Balkan Romans were isolated for enough time to develop them. An argument for this would be the structural borrowings or "linguistic calques" into Macedonian from Aromanian, which could be explained by Aromanian being a substrate of Macedonian, but this still does not explain the origin of these innovations in Aromanian. The analytic perfect with the auxiliary verb "to have" (which some Balkan languages share with Western European languages), is the only feature whose origin can fairly safely be traced to Latin.[]

Multiple sources

The most commonly accepted theory, advanced by Polish scholar Zbigniew Gob, is that the innovations came from different sources and the languages influenced each other: some features can be traced from Latin, Slavic, or Greek languages, whereas others, particularly features that are shared only by Romanian, Albanian, Macedonian and Bulgarian, could be explained by the substratum kept after Romanization (in the case of Romanian) or Slavicization (in the case of Bulgarian). Albanian was influenced by both Latin and Slavic, but it kept many of its original characteristics.

Several arguments favour this theory. First, throughout the turbulent history of the Balkans, many groups of people moved to another place, inhabited by people of another ethnicity. These small groups were usually assimilated quickly and sometimes left marks in the new language they acquired. Second, the use of more than one language was common in the Balkans before the modern age, and a drift in one language would quickly spread to other languages. Third, the dialects that have the most "balkanisms" are those in regions where people had contact with people of many other languages.


Grammatical features

Case system

The number of cases is reduced, several cases being replaced with prepositions, the only exception being Serbo-Croatian. In Bulgarian and Macedonian, on the other hand, this development has actually led to the loss of all cases except the vocative.

A common case system of a Balkan language is:

Syncretism of genitive and dative

In the Balkan languages, the genitive and dative cases (or corresponding prepositional constructions) undergo syncretism.


Language Dative Genitive
English I gave the book to Maria. It is Maria's book.
Albanian Librin ia dhashë Marisë. Libri është i Marisë.
Aromanian Vivlia lju dedu ali Marii. Vivlia easti ali Marii.
Bulgarian ?
[dadoh knigata na Marija]
? ?
[knigata e na Marija]
Romanian I-am dat cartea Mariei.
colloq. for fem. (oblig. for masc.):
I-am dat cartea lui Marian.
Cartea este a Mariei.
colloq. for fem. (oblig. for masc.):
Cartea este a lui Marian.
Macedonian ? ? .
[ì ja dadov knigata na Marija]
? ? .
[knigata e na Marija]


? .
[édhosa to vivlío stin María]
[édhosa to vivlío tis Marías]
[íne to vivlío tis Marías]

[tis to édhosa]
'I gave it to her.'
[íne to vivlío tis]
'It is her book.'
Syncretism of locative and directional expressions
language "in Greece" "into Greece"
Albanian në Greqi për/brenda në Greqi
Aromanian tu Gâr?ia; tu Grecu tu Gâr?ia; tu Grecu
Bulgarian ? (v G?rcija) ? (v G?rcija)
Greek ? (stin Elládha) ? (stin Elládha)
Macedonian (vo Grcija) (vo Grcija)
Romanian* în Grecia în Grecia

Note: In Romanian this is an exception, and it only applies when referring to individual countries, e.g. în Germania, în Fran?a, etc. The rule is that into translates as "la" when trying to express destination, e.g. la Atena, la Madrid, la vale, la mare, etc but even in this case the same preposition is used to express direction and location.

Verb tenses

Future tense

The future tense is formed in an analytic way using an auxiliary verb or particle with the meaning "will, want", referred to as de-volitive, similar to the way the future is formed in English. This feature is present to varying degrees in each language. Decategoralization is less advanced in fossilized literary Romanian voi and in Serbo-Croatian ?u, ?e?, ?e, where the future marker is still an inflected auxiliary. In modern Greek, Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Albanian, Aromanian, and spoken Romanian, decategoralization and erosion have given rise to an uninflected tense form, where the frozen third-person singular of the verb has turned into an invariable particle followed by the main verb inflected for person (compare Rom voi, vei, va > invariable va > mod. o).[13] Certain Torlakian dialects also have an invariant future tense marker in the form of the proclitic third-person-singular present form of the verb 'to want': ?e vidim ( ) 'I will see', ?e vidi? ( ) "you will see", ?e vidi ( ?) 'he/she/it will see'.

Language Variant Formation Example: "I'll see"
Albanian Tosk do (invariable) + subjunctive Do të shoh
Gheg kam (conjugated) + infinitive Kam me pa
Aromanian va / u (inv.) + subjunctive Va s'vedu / u s'vedu
Greek (inv.) + subjunctive / (tha dho / vlépo); "I'll see / be seeing"
Bulgarian (inv.) + present tense ? (shte vidya)
Macedonian (inv.) + present tense (kje vidam)
Serbian (standard Serbian) / hteti (conjugated) + infinitive () (ja ?u videti [vide?u])
(colloquial Serbian) / hteti (conjugated) + subjunctive (ja ?u da vidim)
Romanian (literary, formal) voi, vei, va, vom, ve?i, vor + infinitive Voi vedea
(archaic) va (inv.) + subjunctive Va s? v?d
(modern) o (inv.) + subjunctive O s? v?d
(colloquial alternative) a avea (conjugated) + subjunctive Am s? v?d
Balkan Romani (Erli)[14] ka (inv.) + subjunctive Ka dikhav
Analytic perfect tense

The analytic perfect tense is formed in the Balkan languages with the verb "to have" and, usually, a past passive participle, similarly to the construction found in Germanic and other Romance languages: e.g. Romanian am promis "I have promised", Albanian kam premtuar "I have promised". A somewhat less typical case of this is Greek, where the verb "to have" is followed by the so-called ? ('invariant form', historically the aorist infinitive): . However, a completely different construction is used in Bulgarian and Serbo-Croatian, which have inherited from Common Slavic an analytic perfect formed with the verb "to be" and the past active participle: , obe?tal s?m (Bul.) / , obe?ao sam (Ser.) - "I have promised" (lit. "I am having-promised"). On the other hand, Macedonian, the third Slavic language in the sprachbund, is like Romanian and Albanian in that it uses quite typical Balkan constructions consisting of the verb to have and a past passive participle (? , imam veteno = "I have promised"). Macedonian also has a perfect formed with the verb "to be", like Bulgarian and Serbo-Croatian.

Renarrative mood

The so-called renarrative mood is another shared feature of the Balkan languages, including Turkish. It is used for statements that are not based on direct observation or common knowledge, but repeat what was reported by others. For example, in Macedonian means "The road was closed (or so I heard)". Speakers who use the indicative mood instead and state " ? " imply thereby that they personally witnessed the road's closure.

Avoidance or loss of infinitive

The use of the infinitive (common in other languages related to some of the Balkan languages, such as Romance and Slavic) is generally replaced with subjunctive constructions, following early Greek innovation.

  • in Bulgarian, Macedonian and Tosk Albanian, the loss of the infinitive is complete
  • in demotic (vernacular) Greek, the loss of the infinitive was complete, whereas in literary Greek (Katharevousa, abolished in 1976) it was not; the natural fusion of the vernacular with Katharevousa resulted in the creation of the contemporary common Greek (Modern Standard Greek), where the infinitive, when used, is principally used as noun (e.g. "speaking, fluency, eloquence", ? "writing", "being", etc.) deriving directly from the ancient Greek infinitive formation. But its substitution by the subjunctive form when the infinitive would be used as a verb is complete. Most of the times, the subjunctive form substitutes the infinitive also in the cases when it would be used as a noun (e.g. / ? "to go, the act of going", ? / ? "to see/be seeing, the act of seeing" instead of the infinitive "?", etc.)
  • in Aromanian and Southern Serbo-Croatian dialects, it is almost complete
  • in Gheg Albanian and Megleno-Romanian, it is used only in a limited number of expressions
  • in standard Romanian (prepositional phrase: a + verb stem) and Serbo-Croatian, the infinitive shares many of its functions with the subjunctive. In these two languages, the infinitive will always be found in dictionaries and language textbooks. However, in Romanian, the inherited infinitive form (-are, -ere, and -ire) is now used only as a verbal noun.
  • Turkish as spoken in Sliven and ?umen has also almost completely lost the infinitive, but not verbal nouns using the same grammatical form. This is clearly due to the influence of the Balkan sprachbund.

For example, "I want to write" in several Balkan languages:

Language Example Notes
Albanian Dua të shkruaj as opposed to Gheg me fjet "to sleep" or me hangër "to eat"
Aromanian Vroi s? scriu / ?ngr?psescu
Macedonian ? [sakam da pi?uvam]
Bulgarian ? [iskam da pi?a]
Modern Greek ? [Thélo na grápso] as opposed to older Greek
Romanian Vreau s? scriu (with subjunctive)

Vreau a scrie (with infinitive)

The use of the infinitive is preferred in writing in some cases only. In speech it is more commonly used in the northern varieties (Transylvania, Banat, and Moldova) than in Southern varieties (Wallachia) of the language.[15] The most common form is still the form with subjunctive.
Serbian ?elim da pi?em / As opposed to the more literary form: ?elim pisati / ca, where pisati / ca is the infinitive. Both forms are grammatically correct in standard Serbian and do not create misunderstandings, although the colloquial one is more commonly used in daily conversation.
Bulgarian Turkish isterim yazay?m In Standard Turkish in Turkey this is yazmak istiyorum where yazmak is the infinitive.
Balkan Romani Mangav te pi?inav Many forms of Romani add the ending -a to express the indicative present, while reserving the short form for the subjunctive serving as an infinitive: for example mangava te pi?inav. Some varieties outside the Balkans have been influenced by non-Balkan languages and have developed new infinitives by generalizing one of the finite forms (e.g. Slovak Romani varieties may express "I want to write" as kamav te irinel/pisinel -- generalized third person singular -- or kamav te irinen/pisinen -- generalized third person plural).

But here is an example of a relict form, preserved in Bulgarian:

Language Without infinitive With relict "infinitive" Translation Notes
Bulgarian . ?. Don't write. The first part of the first three examples is the prohibitative element ("don't", composed of , "not", and , "do" in the imperative). The second part of the examples, ?, ?, and , are relicts of what used to be an infinitive form (, ?, and ? respectively). This second syntactic construction is colloquial and more common in the eastern dialects. The forms usually coincide with the past aorist tense of the verb in the third person singular, as in the case of ?; some that don't coincide (for example ? instead of "I will come") are highly unusual today, but do occur, above all in older literature.

The last example is found only in some dialects.

?. ?. Don't eat.
. . Don't know.
? ? Can you give me?
? Don't read

Bare subjunctive constructions

Sentences that include only a subjunctive construction can be used to express a wish, a mild command, an intention, or a suggestion.

This example translates in the Balkan languages the phrase "You should go!", using the subjunctive constructions.

Language Example Notes
Macedonian () ?! "" [odi] in the imperative is more common, and has the identical meaning.
Bulgarian ! "? !" [ho'di si] is the more common imperative.
Torlakian ?! "!" in the imperative is grammatically correct, and has the identical meaning.
Albanian Të shkosh! "Shko!" in the imperative is grammatically correct. "Të shkosh" is used in sentence only followed by a modal verbs, ex. in these cases: Ti duhet të shkosh (You should go), Ti mund të shkosh (You can go) etc.
Modern Greek !
Romany Te d?a!
Romanian S? te duci!
  • compare with similar Spanish "¡Que te largues!"
  • in Romanian, the "a se duce" (to go) requires a reflexive construction, literally "take yourself (to)"
Meglenian S-ti duts!
Aromanian S-ti duts!


Postposed article

With the exception of Greek, Serbo-Croatian, and Romani, all languages in the union have their definite article attached to the end of the noun, instead of before it. None of the related languages (like other Romance languages or Slavic languages) share this feature, with the notable exception of the northern Russian dialects, and it is thought to be an innovation created and spread in the Balkans. It is possible that postposed article in Balkan Slavic is the result of influence from Balkan Romance languages (Romanian or Aromanian) during the Middle ages.[16] However, each language created its own internal articles, so the Romanian articles are related to the articles (and demonstrative pronouns) in Italian, French, etc., whereas the Bulgarian articles are related to demonstrative pronouns in other Slavic languages.

Language Feminine Masculine








English woman the woman man the man
Albanian grua gruaja burrë burri
Aromanian muljari muljarea b?rbat b?rbatlu
Bulgarian ? ?
Greek ? ? ? ?
Macedonian[17] ? ?
Romanian femeie




b?rbat b?rbatul
Torlakian ? ?
Numeral formation

The Slavic way of composing the numbers between 10 and 20, e.g. "one + on + ten" for eleven, called superessive, is widespread. Greek does not follow this.

Language The word "Eleven" compounds
Albanian "njëmbëdhjetë" një + mbë + dhjetë
Aromanian "unspr?dzatsi", commonly, " unspr?" un + spr? + dzatsi
Bulgarian "?" ? + (?)?(?) +
Macedonian "" (?)? + (?)?(?) + (?)?
Romanian "unsprezece" or, more commonly, "un?pe" un + spre + zece < *unu + supre + dece; unu + spre; the latter is more commonly used, even in formal speech.
Serbo-Croatian "jedanaest/" jedan+ (n)a+ (d)es(e)t/ + (?)? + (?)(?)?. This is not the case only with South Slavic languages. This word is formed in the same way in most Slavic languages, e.g. Polish - "jedena?cie", Czech - "jedenáct", Slovak - "jedenás?", Russian - "", Ukrainian - "?", etc.
Clitic pronouns

Direct and indirect objects are cross-referenced, or doubled, in the verb phrase by a clitic (weak) pronoun, agreeing with the object in gender, number, and case or case function. This can be found in Romanian, Greek, Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Albanian. In Albanian and Macedonian, this feature shows fully grammaticalized structures and is obligatory with indirect objects and to some extent with definite direct objects; in Bulgarian, however, it is optional and therefore based on discourse. In Greek, the construction contrasts with the clitic-less construction and marks the cross-referenced object as a topic. Southwest Macedonia appears to be the location of innovation.[dubious ]

For example, "I see George" in Balkan languages:

Language Example
Albanian "E shoh Gjergjin"
Aromanian "U- ved Yioryi"
Bulgarian " ."
Macedonian "?o ."
Greek " "
Romanian "Îl v?d pe Gheorghe."

Note: The neutral case in normal (SVO) word order is without a clitic: " ." However, the form with an additional clitic pronoun is also perfectly normal and can be used for emphasis: " ." And the clitic is obligatory in the case of a topicalized object (with OVS-word order), which serves also as the common colloquial equivalent of a passive construction. " ."


The replacement of synthetic adjectival comparative forms with analytic ones by means of preposed markers is common. These markers are:

  • Bulgarian: -
  • Macedonian: (prepended)
  • Albanian:
  • Romanian: mai
  • Modern Greek: (pió)
  • Aromanian: (ca)ma

Macedonian and Modern Greek have retained some of the earlier synthetic forms. In Bulgarian and Macedonian these have become proper adjectives in their own right without the possibility of [further] comparison. This is more evident in Macedonian: = "higher, superior", = "lower, inferior". Compare with similar structures in Bulgarian: ?(-((?))/?()/?()/?()) = "(the) higher, (the) superior" (-?(-((?))/?()/?()/?()) = "(the) [more] higher, (the) [more] superior"; '-?(-((?))/?()/?()/?())' = "(the) ([most]) highest, supreme"; ? (also spelled as ?? sometimes) = "low, lower, inferior", it can also possess further comparative or superlative as with '?' above.

Another common trait of these languages is the lack of suppletive comparative degrees for the adjective "good" and "bad", unlike other Indo-European languages.


Also, some common suffixes can be found in the language area, such as the diminutive suffix of the Slavic languages (Srb. Bul. Mac.) "-ovo" "-ica" that can be found in Albanian, Greek and Romanian.



Several hundred words are common to the Balkan union languages; the origin of most of them is either Greek, Bulgarian or Turkish, as the Byzantine Empire, the First Bulgarian Empire, the Second Bulgarian Empire and later the Ottoman Empire directly controlled the territory throughout most of its history, strongly influencing its culture and economics.

Albanian, Aromanian, Bulgarian, Greek, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian and Macedonian also share a large number of words of various origins:

Source Source word Meaning Albanian Aromanian Bulgarian Greek Romanian Macedonian Serbo-Croatian Turkish
Vulgar Latin m?sa table mësallë 'dinner table; tablecloth' measã ? (masa) -- mas? ? (masa) -- masa
Thracian romphea,
polearm colloq. rrufe 'lightning bolt' rofélja dial. (rufiya) 'thunderbolt' anc. ? (rhomphaía) -- colloq. (rovja) and dial. (rofja) 'thunder' -- --
Ancient Greek (krómmyon) onion -- -- dial. (kromid luk) (kremmýdhi) -- (kromid) -- --
Byzantine Greek (livádion) meadow colloq. livadh livadhi (livada) (livádhi) livad? (livada) livada
Byzantine Greek ? (didáskalos) teacher obs. dhaskal/icë dascal colloq. (daskal) (dháskalos) rare dasc?l colloq. (daskal) colloq. (daskal) --
Byzantine Greek ?
box kuti cutii (kutiya) (koutí) cutie (kutija) kutija
Slavic *vydra otter vidër vidrã (vidra) (vídra) vidr? (vidra) (vidra) --
Slavic *kosa scythe kosë coasã ? (kosa) ? (kósa) coas? ? (kosa) ? (kosa) --
Turkish boya paint, color colloq. bojë boi (boya) (boyá) boia ? (boja) boja
? (boja)


Apart from the direct loans, there are also many calques that were passed from one Balkan language to another, most of them between Albanian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Greek, Aromanian and Romanian.

For example, the word "ripen" (as in fruit) is constructed in Albanian, Romanian and (rarely) in Greek (piqem, a (se) coace, ?), in Turkish pi?mek by a derivation from the word "to bake" (pjek, a coace, ?).[18]

Another example is the wish "(?/to/for) many years":

Language Expression Transliteration
Greek (medieval) is eti polla; (See the note below.)
(modern) khronia polla
Latin ad multos annos  
Aromanian ti mullts anj  
Romanian la mul?i ani  
Albanian për shumë vjet  
Bulgarian za mnogo godini
Macedonian za mnogu godini
Serbo-Croatian a za mnogo godina

Note: In Old Church Slavonic[19] and archaic Eastern South Slavic dialects, the term (j) (spolaj ti) was commonly used in meaning thank you, derived from the Byzantine Greek (is polla eti).[20][21]

Idiomatic expressions for "whether one <verb> or not" are formed as "<verb>-not-<verb>".[22] "Whether one wants or not":

Language expression transliteration
Bulgarian - shte - ne shte
Greek theli de theli
Romanian vrea nu vrea
Turkish ister istemez
Serbo-Croatian ? - ? hteo - ne hteo
Albanian do - s'do
Macedonian - / sakal - ne sakal / nejkjel
Aromanian vrea - nu vrea

This is also present in other Slavic languages, eg. Polish chc?c nie chc?c.


The main phonological features consist of:

  • the presence of an unrounded central vowel, either a mid-central schwa /?/ or a high central vowel phoneme
    • ë in Albanian; ? in Bulgarian; ? in Romanian; ã in Aromanian
    • In Romanian and Albanian, the schwa is developed from an unstressed /a/
      • Example: Latin camisia "shirt" > Romanian c?ma /k?.ma./, Albanian këmishë /k?.mi./)
    • The schwa phoneme occurs across some dialects of the Macedonian language, but is absent in the standard.
  • some kind of umlaut in stressed syllables with differing patterns depending on the language.
    • Romanian:
      • a mid-back vowel ends in a low glide before a nonhigh vowel in the following syllable.
      • a central vowel is fronted before a front vowel in the following syllable.
    • Albanian: back vowels are fronted before i in the following syllable.
  • The presence of /v/ or /?/ but not /w/

This feature[which?] also occurs in Greek, but it is lacking in some of the other Balkan languages; the central vowel is found in Romanian, Bulgarian, some dialects of Albanian, and Serbo-Croatian, but not in Greek or Standard Macedonian.

Less widespread features are confined largely to either Romanian or Albanian, or both:

  • frequent loss of l before i in Romanian and some Romani dialects
  • the alternation between n and r in Albanian and Romanian.
  • change from l to r in Romanian, Greek and very rarely in Bulgarian and Albanian.
  • the raising of o to u in unstressed syllables in Bulgarian, Romanian and Northern Greek dialects.
  • change from ea to e before i in Bulgarian and Romanian.

See also


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  2. ^ Victor Friedman (2004). "The Typology of Balkan Evidentiality and Areal Linguistics". In Mi?eska Tomi?, Olga (ed.). Balkan Syntax and Semantics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. p. 124.
  3. ^ Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. (2018) "Evidentiality and language contact" in Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y., (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Evidentiality. Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 148-172.
  4. ^ Kopitar, Jernej K. (1829). "Albanische, walachische und bulgarische Sprache". Jahrbücher der Literatur (Wien). 46: 59-106. ISBN 3-89131-038-2.
  5. ^ August Schleicher, Linguistische Untersuchungen, vol. 2: Die Sprachen Europas in systematischer Übersicht. Bonn: H.B. König, 1850.
  6. ^ Miklosich, F. (1861). "Die slavischen Elemente im Rumunischen". Denkschriften der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-historische Classe. 12: 1-70.
  7. ^ Trubetzkoy, N.S. (1923). "Vavilonskaja ba?nja i sme?enie jazykov". Evrazijskij Vremennik. 3: 107-24.
  8. ^ K. Sandfeld, Balkanfilologien: En oversigt over dens resultater og problemer. Copenhagen: Lunp, 1926; translated into French as Linguistique balkanique: problèmes et résultats. Paris: Champion, 1930.
  9. ^ Weigand, Gustav (1925). "Vorwort, zugleich Programm des Balkan-Archivs". Balkan-Archiv. 1: V-XV.; Gustav Weigand, "Texte zur vergleichenden Syuntax der Balkansprachen", Balkan Archiv IV (1928): 53-70.
  10. ^ Chase Faucheux, Language Classification and Manipulation in Romania and Moldova, M.A. thesis, Louisiana State University, 2006, quoting André Du Nay, The Origins of the Rumanians: The Early History of the Rumanian Language, 1996.
  11. ^ Lindstedt, J. (2000). "Linguistic Balkanization: Contact-induced change by mutual reinforcement". In D.G. Gilbers; et al. (eds.). Languages in Contact. Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics, 28. Amsterdam; Atlanta, GA: Rodopi. pp. 231-246. ISBN 90-420-1322-2.
  12. ^ Horrocks, Geoffrey (2010). Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers (2nd ed.). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 227-229.
  13. ^ Bernd Heine & Tania Kuteva, Language Contact and Grammatical Change (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
  14. ^ Romani dialects outside of the Balkans generally do not express the future tense in this way. Unlike the avoidance of the infinitive, which had already come to encompass all Romani varieties before many of them were brought out of the Balkans into the rest of Europe, the formation of the future tense with a devolitive particle is apparently a later development, since it is only seen in those dialect groups that have not left the Balkans.
  15. ^ M?d?lina Sp?taru-Pralea. "Concuren?a infinitiv-conjunctiv în limba român?". Archived from the original on 2011-04-23. Retrieved .
  16. ^ Theodor Capidan, Raporturile lingvistice slavo-române. I. Influen?a român? asupra limbei bulgare, Dacoromania. Buletinul ,,Muzeului Limbei Române", III, Editura Institutului de Arte Grafice ,,Ardealul", Cluj-Napoca, 1922-1923, p. 123-124
  17. ^ In Macedonian there are three types of definite articles. In this example the common definite article is given.
  18. ^ In Greek, usually in the mediopassive voice, and applicable not only to fruits but other natural products: Babiniotis, ? ? (1998), gives the example " ? ?".
  19. ^ ? ? ? ? - ?. ? ( ? , 1978) ? ?. . , . 459; . 2 : ?. ?, . Cesty po Bulharsku passim. -= 's . ?-Leskien, Jagi?, Archiv, 4, . 513. , 2, . 281. -- ?. ?. ?, ? ? ? ? , , 1893 , . 298--322. ?, ? , ? -- ? ?. -- V. Oblak, Zur Würdigung des Altslovenischen, Archiv für slav. Philologie, XV, . 367: ,,das Altslovenische war nicht die Sprache der Slaven Pannoniens, sondern die dialektischen und ethnographischen Verhältnisse waren damals ungefahr wie heutzutage, nur reichte der Kaj-Dialect weiter nach West und Nord". . 369 über und . Sprache der Tessalonicher Apostol, Sprache ihrer Heimat und Umgebung. Die ersten kirchenslavischen Übersetzungen wohl nicht pannonisch: daför zu wenig pannonisch und zu sehr griechisch.
  20. ^ ?. () ? ? ? ? (eis polla ?ti), , ? ? ? . ? ? ? ? ?. , ? , ?. - ?, 1980 ?. . 173.
  21. ^ ! ., "? ? ?, ? , ? ? ? ? ? , ? : ,, "! ? ?, ? - ,,?", ,,?" ".
  22. ^ Winford, Donald (2003). An Introduction to Contact Linguistics. Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 0-631-21251-5.


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  • Victor A. Friedman, "After 170 years of Balkan Linguistics: Whither the Millennium?", Mediterranean Language Review 12:1-15, 2000.PDF--an excellent survey article
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Further reading

  • Jack Feuillet. "Aire linguistique balkanique", Language Typology and Language Universals: An International Handbook, vol. 2, eds. Martin Haspelmath, Ekkehard König, Wulf Oesterreicher, & Wolfgang Raible. NY: Walter de Gruyter, 2001, pp. 1510-28.
  • Victor A. Friedman. "Balkans as a Linguistic Area", Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd edn., ed. Keith Brown. Oxford: Elsevier, 2005, pp. 657-72.
  • Brian D. Joseph. "Balkan Languages", International Encyclopedia of Linguistics, 4 vols., ed. William Bright. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992, 1: 153-55.
  • Brian D. Joseph. "Language Contact in the Balkans", The Handbook of Language Contact, ed. Raymond Hickey. Malden, MA-Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, pp. 618-33.
  • Olga Mi?eska Tomi?. "Balkan Sprachbund features", The Languages and Linguistics of Europe: A Comprehensive Guide, eds. Bernd Kortmann & Johan van der Auwera. Berlin-Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2011, pp. 307-24.
  • Helmut Wilhelm Schaller. Die Balkansprachen: Eine Einführung in die Balkanphilologie. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 1975.
  • Harald Haarmann. Balkanlinguistik. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 1978.
  • Georg Renatus Solta. Einführung in die Balkanlinguistik mit besonderer Berücksichtigung des Substrats und des Balkanlateinischen. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1980.
  • G. A. Cyxun. Tipologi?eskie problemy balkanoslavjanskogo jazykovogo areala. Moscow: Izdatel'stvo "Nauka i texnika", 1981.
  • Emanuele Banfi. Linguistica balcanica. Bologna: Zanichelli, 1985.
  • Jack Feuillet. La linguistique balkanique. Paris: INALCO, 1986.
  • Agnija Desnickaja. Osnovy balkanskogo jazykoznanija. Leningrad: Nauka, 1990.
  • Shaban Demiraj. Gjuhësi balkanike [Balkan Linguistics]. Skopje: Logos-A., 1994.
  • Norbert Reiter. Grundzüge der Balkanologie: Ein Schritt in die Eurolinguistik. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 1994.
  • Klaus Steinke & Ariton Vraciu. Introducere în lingvistica balcanic? [An Introduction to Balkan Linguistics]. Ia?i: Editura Universitii "Alexandru Ioan Cuza", 1999.
  • Uwe Hinrichs, ed. Handbuch der Südosteuropa-Linguistik. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 1999.
  • Petja Asenova. Balkansko ezikoznanie: Osnovni problemi na balkanskija ezikov s?juz. Veliko T?rnovo: Faber, 2002.
  • Victor Friedman. "Balkan Slavic dialectology and Balkan linguistics: Periphery as center", American contributions to the 14th International Congress of Slavists, Ohrid, September 2008, ed. Christina Yurkiw Bethin & David M. Bethea. Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 2008, pp. 131-48.
  • Victor Friedman. "The Balkan languages and Balkan linguistics", Annual Review of Anthropology 40 (2011): 275-91.
  • Petja Asenova. "Aperçu historique des études dans le domaine de la linguistique balkanique", Balkansko ezikoznanie 22, no. 1 (1979): 5-45.
  • Brian D. Joseph. "On the Need for History in Balkan Linguistics", Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture Series, vol. 10. Ann Arbor, MI: Beech Stave, 2008.
  • Howard I. Aronson. "Towards a Typology of the Balkan Future", Indiana Slavic Studies 7 (1994): 9-18.
  • Howard I. Aronson. The Balkan Linguistic League, "Orientalism", and Linguistic Typology. Ann Arbor, MI-NY: Beech Stave, 2006.
  • Bridget Drinka. "The Balkan Perfects: Grammaticalizion and Contact", Language Contact in Europe: The Periphrastic Perfect through History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp. 267-87.
  • Victor A. Friedman. "The Typology of Balkan Evidentiality and Areal Linguistics", Balkan Syntax and Semantics, ed. Olga Mi?eska Tomi?. Amsterdam-Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2004, pp. 101-135.
  • Brian D. Joseph. The Synchrony and Diachrony of the Balkan Infinitive: A Study in Areal, General, and Historical Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983 (reprint 2009).
  • Dalina Kallulli & Liliane Tasmowski, eds. Clitic Doubling in the Balkan Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2008.
  • Christina E. Kramer. "The Grammaticalization of the Future Tense Auxiliary in the Balkan Languages", Indiana Slavic Studies 7 (1994): 127-35.
  • Christina E. Kramer. "Negation and the Grammaticalization of Have and Want Futures in Bulgarian and Macedonian", Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue Canadienne des Slavistes 39, no. 3-4 (1997): 407-16.
  • Maria-Luisa Rivero & Angela Ralli, eds. Comparative Syntax of the Balkan Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Zuzanna Topoli?ska. "The Balkan Sprachbund from a Slavic perspective", Zbornik Matice srpske za filologiju i lingvistiku 53, no. 1 (2010): 33-60.

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