Linguistic Balkanization: Contact-Induced Change By Mutual Reinforcement

@article{Lindstedt2000LinguisticBC,
  title={Linguistic Balkanization: Contact-Induced Change By Mutual Reinforcement},
  author={Jouko Lindstedt},
  journal={Languages in Contact},
  year={2000}
}
The Balkan Sprachbund was the first linguistic area discovered by modern scholarship. According to Kopitar's (1829: 86) famous statement about Albanian, Wallachian, and Bulgarian (in modern terms: Albanian, Balkan Romance, and Balkan Slavic), in the Balkans "nur eine Sprach/orm herrscht, aber mit dreyerley Sprach/wtftene". The main features of the Sprachbund were described in Sandfeld's (1926, 1930) masterpiece and subsequent research by others (see Schaller 1975, Solta 1980, Asenova 1989). But… 

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