Macedonian Discourse Markers in the Balkan Sprachbund

Grace E. Fielder

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This paper examines the adversative discourse markers ama and amu in Macedonian in order to shed light on the interdependence of typology and convergence. Macedonian is typically located in the center of the Balkan Sprachbund. At the same time, a comparison of these two particular discourse markers in Macedonian and Bulgarian, both Balkan Slavic languages, demonstrates that a simplistic application of the criterion of Turkish borrowings would suggest that Bulgarian be considered the more central member of the Balkan Sprachbund. What the following discussion will reveal, however, is that the source of borrowing (i.e. Turkish versus Greek) is not as important as the actual fact of borrowing, i.e. the intensity of multilingual contact, for the determination of centrality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-127
Number of pages8
JournalSTUF - Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung
Issue number39479
StatePublished - Apr 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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