The relationship between areal linguistics and typology can be illuminated and clarified by Macedonian dialectology, especially in the context of Balkan linguistics. This is especially important in analyses of the Balkan linguistic league, which, as an areal phenomenon, should be seen in historical perspective. On the one hand, Macedonian dialectology helps clarify the graded nature of the phenomenon itself, and on the other helps demonstrate that Macedonian is the most Balkanized of the Balkan languages.
The article examines the use of particles of interrogative origin to mark evidential strategies in three distinct and separate (albeit ultimately related) Balkan Romani dialects or groups of dialects in Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Serbia.1 The use of the respective particles to render meanings belonging to the evidential complex (admirativity, dubitativity, and neutral nonconfirmativity) show typological parallels to developments involving interrogative markers in other languages. At the same time, the presence of evidential strategies in contact languages offers the possibility of adducing how accounts of contact induced change can be elucidated by typology without conflating the two types of explanation.