The programme "Language typology with particular reference to the languages around the Baltic Sea (Circum-Baltic languages)"

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Start date: 01/01/1991
End date: 31/12/1998


The aim of the programme (the Faculty of Humanities, Stockholm University) has been to study the various areal phenomena in the languages spoken around the Baltic Sea (the circum-Baltic languages). The main question has been whether it is possible to talk of a Sprachbund, a linguistic area around the Baltic Sea. The answer to the question is NO. The notions of Sprachbund and linguistic area, in any of their less trivial interpretations, hardly do justice to an area of such historical and linguistic complexity as the one found around the Baltic Sea. What we find instead is a Contact Superposition zone, with many layers of micro- and macro-contacts and mutual influences superimposed on each other over a long period of time.

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