September 25, 2009
With respect to its morphosyntactic features, the Macedonian language belongs to the same typological group as its closest relative – the Bulgarian language. However, considering their phonetic features, these two languages fall into different linguistic areas. While Bulgarian possesses typical East Slavic phonetics – related to the Eurasian linguistic community – Macedonian phonetics has many more features in common with Serbian than with Bulgarian. Both Serbian and Macedonian are members of a different (more European) phonetic type that, at the same time, is characteristic of Balkan phonetics. This paper presents the features determining the typology of the Macedonian phonetics.