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Summary

The earliest known isoglosses within Slavic are traced, all of them involving consonants. With very few exceptions, the developments that gave rise to local differences resulted in convergence towards neighbouring or coterritorial non-Slavic languages with which Slavic is likely to have interacted. As early isoglosses arose, the language did not cease behaving like a single entity and pan-Slavic innovations kept coming thick and fast.

A partial exception is provided by West Slavic, which appears to have lost contact with the main body of Slavic for a time, after which it joined the pack again with a vengeance. It is argued that the anomaly can tentatively be attributed to the familiar separatist episode of Samo.

The article builds on the reconstruction presented in Vermeer (2014).

In: Dutch Contributions to the Sixteenth International Congress of Slavists. Linguistics
Author: Willem Vermeer

Summary

The earliest known isoglosses within Slavic are traced, all of them involving consonants. With very few exceptions, the developments that gave rise to local differences resulted in convergence towards neighbouring or coterritorial non-Slavic languages with which Slavic is likely to have interacted. As early isoglosses arose, the language did not cease behaving like a single entity and pan-Slavic innovations kept coming thick and fast.

A partial exception is provided by West Slavic, which appears to have lost contact with the main body of Slavic for a time, after which it joined the pack again with a vengeance. It is argued that the anomaly can tentatively be attributed to the familiar separatist episode of Samo.

The article builds on the reconstruction presented in Vermeer (2014).

In: Dutch Contributions to the Sixteenth International Congress of Slavists. Linguistics
In: Language Contact in Times of Globalization
In: Language Contact in Times of Globalization