The Balkan Languages and Balkan Linguistics

  title={The Balkan Languages and Balkan Linguistics},
  author={Victor A. Friedman},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
  • V. Friedman
  • Published 26 September 2011
  • Linguistics
  • Annual Review of Anthropology
The Balkans were the first linguistic area (sprachbund) to be identified as such. The concept was originally proposed to explain diffusion among languages that were genealogically unrelated or distantly related in terms of normal linguistic change as opposed to notions of corruption and impurity. The fact that the sprachbund cannot be as neatly bounded as the traditional language family has led to some calls for abandoning the concept, but it remains a useful heuristic referring to the results… 

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