Phonology and the Construction of Borders in the Balkans

  • Brian D. Joseph


There are plenty of natural borders and boundaries in the world. Islands and peninsulas, for instance, are naturally bordered, and thus bounded, by the water surrounding them, and valleys by the hills and mountains that help to define them, while rivers create natural breaks in the landscape that require traversing, and so on. But there are just as many borders and boundaries that do not respect the physicality of geography and are instead constructed out of other ‘material’. In many cases throughout the world, this is true of the political borders that separate nations or subparts thereof, such as the states within the United States or the counties within each of those states; that is, such borders have often been drawn based on considerations having to do with the historical expansion of a given group of people or with the effects of colonialization or the like.


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