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This map shows the regions of the world where Armenian is commonly spoken (red circle). The Armenians penetrated this region near the Black Sea sometime between 700 and 500 BCE, where they displaced the Thracians and Macedonians. The language is marked by a shifting of certain consonants unlike those of other Indo-European languages. Like the south Caucasus languages, Armenian also lacks grammatical gender. Armenian vocabulary is something of a hodge-podge with borrowings from Greek, Turkish, and Semitic languages. Most scholars place it its own unique branch of Indo-European, but some suggest it might have developed out of the Iranian branch.


Daniel M. Short originally created this map and the other Indo-European language charts for his website at http://www.danshort.com/. I reproduce these images here with the author's permission, but they are copyrighted by Daniel Short as of 2002. These charts should not be reproduced or reused without Mr. Short's approval. You may contact him at danshort@gte.net for more information. These images are not public domain.

 

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