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Balkan sprachbund


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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 need apply to every single language. The languages in question may be wholly unrelated, belonging to various branches of Indo-European or even outside of Indo-European. Some of the languages use these features for their standard language whilst other populations to whom the land is not a cultural pivot may still adopt the features for their local register.
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