For questions about the convergence of formerly unrelated languages.
A sprachbund (German: [ˈʃpʁaːxbʊnt], "federation of languages") – also known as a linguistic area, area of linguistic convergence, diffusion area or language crossroads – is a group of languages that have common features resulting from geographical proximity and language contact.
Some sprachbünde have their own tags:
- standard-average-european, a sprachbund covering Germanic, Romance, and Slavonic languages as well as Hungarian
- indian-languages, a sprachbund covering the Indo-Arian and Dravidian languages on the Indian subcontinent
- the Balkan sparchbund comprising Albanian, Romanian, Bulgarian and Makedonian and their neighbouring languages
- South-East Asia comprising Sinitic, Thai-Kadai, Miao–Yao, and Mon-Khmer languages.