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This book discusses the morpho-syntactic Balkan Sprachbund features in nine languages in which they are most numerous. It contains a wealth of Balkan linguistic material, collected from both the existing literature sources and from the author’s own field work. Rather than making parallel lists of convergent phenomena, the author focuses on displaying similarities and differences in the representation of the most widely acknowledged Balkan Sprachbund morpho-syntactic features and their interaction with other features in the structure of the DP or the sentence of individual languages. The book stands at the intersection of traditional and formal linguistics. The use of a minimally technical terminology allows for a cross-framework accessibility of the data.
The book will be of interest to researchers and students working in the fields of comparative linguistics and Macedonian, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Romanian, Megle-no-Romanian, Aromanian, Albanian, Modern Greek and Balkan Romani languages.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Alphabet - Index - Symbol - comparative - grammar - grammatical features - infinitive - linguistics - perfect - subject - syntactic
Preface. Less Common Alphabet Symbols. Symbols for Grammatical Features.- Introduction. The Balkan Sprachbund phenomenon. Which features count as Balkan Sprachbund features? How did the Balkan Sprachbund features develop? The Balkan Sprachbund features in this book.- Ethno-Historical Considerations. The Balkan peninsula. Ethnic Balkans. Greek in retrospective. Origin of the Balkan Romance languages. Albanian and Illyrian. The Balkan Slavic languages. Balkan Romani. Turkey and Turkish on the Balkans.- Cases and Articles. Macedonian. Bulgarian. Serbo-Croatian. The South-Eastern Serbian dialects. Romanian. Megleno-Romanian. Aromanian. Albanian. Modern Greek. Arli Balkan Romani.- Clitic Clusters and Clitic Doubling. Macedonian. Bulgarian. Serbo-Croatian. Romanian. Megleno-Romanian. Aromanian. Albanian. Modern Greek. Arli Balkan Romani.- The Perfect and the Evidential. Macedonian. Bulgarian. Serbo-Croatian. Romanian. Megleno-Romanian. Aromanian. Albanian. Northern Geg Albanian. Modern Greek. Arli Balkan Romani.- Infinitives and Subjunctives. Macedonian. Bulgarian. Serbo-Croatian. Romanian. Megleno-Romanian. Aromanian. Albanian. Geg Albanian. Modern Greek. Arli Balkan Romani.- Appendix One: Core Vocabularies. Appendix Two: Sample Texts. Appendix Three: Languages Spoken on the Balkans.- References: Books and papers referred to in the text. Reference grammars. Subject index. Language index.- Author index.