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Jan 1, 2020

Join Rowan and Matt as they discuss the Standard Average European sprachbund (SAE). This is a language area that is centered mostly on Western European Romance and Germanic languages (think, French and German), but some features of it extend much farther into the Caucasus Mountains, etc.

Haspelmath's formulation of the sprachbund can be found in this paper:

A summary of that paper, intended for conlangers:

Wikipedia for the overlapping (or subset, depending on definition) Balkan Sprachbund:

WALS chapter on Haspelmath's feature 12, intensive vs. reflexive pronouns:

WALS chapter on comparative constructions:

Paper on equative constructions: