The Balkan Languages and Balkan Linguistics

@article{Friedman2011TheBL,
  title={The Balkan Languages and Balkan Linguistics},
  author={Victor A. Friedman},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
  year={2011},
  volume={40},
  pages={275-291}
}
  • 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… 

In and Around the Balkans: Romance Languages and the Making of Layered Languages

The languages of the Balkans are a rich source of data on contact-induced language change. The result of a centuries long process of lexical and structural convergence has been referred to as a

Lessons from Judezmo about the Balkan Sprachbund and contact linguistics

Abstract Kristian Sandfeld explicitly excluded Judezmo from consideration in the second footnote to his classic (1930 [1926]) work Linguistique balkanique, which laid the groundwork for Balkan

‘Ajde’ and ‘Hajde’: Contexts of the Use of Balkanisms in Translations into South Slavic Languages

  • K. Dufková
  • Linguistics
    transLogos Translation Studies Journal
  • 2020
The South Slavic languages belong to the wider Slavic language family and as far as we know, the similarities among them are very extensive. On the other hand, there are many differences between the

The Origin and Spread of Locative Determiner Omission in the Balkan Linguistic Area

Author(s): Prendergast, Eric Heath | Advisor(s): Mikkelsen, Line | Abstract: This dissertation analyzes an unusual grammatical pattern that I call locative determiner omission, which is found in

Non-linguistic Conditions for Causativization as a Linguistic Attractor

TLDR
The consonants in personal pronouns are used to show what makes for an attractor and how selection and diffusion work, and a survey of several language families and areas is presented showing that the derivational morphology of pairs of verbs like fear and frighten is susceptible to selection.

Europe, Eurasia, Southeast Europe, and Southeast Asia: on the Question of Areal Linguistics in the 21 st Century

Although Trubetzkoy introduced the term jazykovoj sojuz ‘language league/union’ in Russian in 1923, it was his 1928 formulation in German that brought the concept of Sprachbund to Europe’s attention,

Convergence by Shared Ancestry in Romance

TLDR
The change in similarity since the late Middle Ages in a sample of Romance and Germanic languages with data from a selected grammatical domain (expression of reflexivity) is quantified to contribute to a better understanding of how contact, genealogy and culture interact in shaping the dynamics of linguistic similarity.

The Negative Imperative in Southern Calabria. Spirito Greco, Materia Romanza Again?

The aim of this article is to investigate a special case of suppletion in the paradigm of the negative imperative in some dialects of southern Calabria. First, we show how these paradigms involve

Perhaps mirativity is phlogiston, but admirativity is perfect: On Balkan evidential strategies

Abstract Albanian admiratives specify a complex of meanings including `surprise', `disbelief', and `report'. “Non-confirmative” summarizes these in contrast to Macedonian's “confirmative”. Macedonian

Slavic Sociolinguistics in the Post-Iron Curtain World: A Survey of Recent Research

Abstract:This article provides a general overview of research in Slavic sociolinguistics after 1989, focusing particularly on the most recent work (2010–16). Trends in socio-linguistic research in

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 60 REFERENCES

Macedonian in the Western Balkan linguistic area

The paper suggests that, at the dialect level, the Macedonian language should be viewed as part of the Balkan linguistic West, rather than the Balkan linguistic East. It is argued that the

Linguistic Balkanization: Contact-Induced Change By Mutual Reinforcement

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:

AREAL LINGUISTICS AND MAINLAND SOUTHEAST ASIA

AbstractMainland Southeast Asia provides a dramatic demonstration of the areal phenomenon in linguistics: When languages are spoken historically in the same location they often show significant

Macedonian discourse markers in the Balkan Sprachbund

This paper examines the adversative discourse markers ама and ами in Macedonian in order to shed light on the interdependence of typology and convergence. Macedonian is typically located in the

Markedness And Language Change: The Romani Sample

The book challenges the conventional notion of Markedness- a very central albeit controversial concept in linguistic theory. The authors investigate the structural representation of a selection of

Definiteness in Bulgarian : modelling the processes of language change

Like other Slavic languages, Bulgarian lacked a definite article in its earlier stages. Unlike them, it has one today. The book formulates the rules that govern the use of articles and other markers

Rescuing traditional (historical) linguistics from grammaticalization theory

There is a rich history, dating back, according to Heine (2003), at least to observations in the 18th century by Condillac (1746) and Horne Tooke (1857) (first published 1786), if not earlier,

Bilingualism, Praxis and Linguistic Description

I define bilingualism as a sociopolitical semiotic nexus of praxis cum ideology.1 In this nexus a certain lexico-grammatical space is perceived as divided into two different coded varieties. By this

Language and Identity in the Balkans: Serbo-Croatian and Its Disintegration

1. Introduction 2. Serbo-Croatian: United or Not We Fall 3. Serbian: Isn't My Language Your Language? 4. Montenegrin: A Mountain Out of a Mole Hill? 5. Croatian: We Are Separate But Equal Twins 6.

Bilingualism in ancient society : language contact and the written text

1. Introduction 1 INTRODUCTORY 2. Approaching Bilingualism in Corpus Languages 3. Dead or Alive? the Status of the Standard Language 2. GREEK-LATIN BILINGUALISM 4. Greco-Romans and Greco-Latin: a
...