History of The Romanian Language

History Of The Romanian Language

The history of Romanian began in the Roman provinces of Southeastern Europe north of the so-called "Jireček Line", but the exact place where its formation started is still debated. Eastern Romance is now represented by four variants – Daco-Romanian, Arumanian, Megleno-Romanian, and Istro-Romanian – which originated from a common Proto-Romanian language. These variants also had a common substratum. The latter's morphological and syntactic features seem to have been similar to those shared by the languages – including Albanian, Bulgarian, and Macedonian – which form the "Balkan linguistic union". The adoption of a number of Common Slavic and Old Church Slavonic loanwords by all Eastern Romance variants shows that their disintegration did not commence before the 10th century.

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