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A league is a set of languages that exist withing a linguistic area and that, over a long period of very intensive contact, converge and end up showing common structural featured, even though they are not necessarily related with each other (Matras 2010, 287). An alternative label, that of convergence area (Weinreich 1958), refers to a georgaphical area rather than to the languages involved.


While a number of hypotheses have been formulated, including the Anatolian language league (Watkins 2001) or the Old Italian one (Filippin 2022), no examples of ascertained language leagues exist before the European Middle ages. The limits of linguistic analysis of corpus languages probably contribute to preventing a safe identification.


Filippin, A. Una 'lega linguistica' nell'Italia antica? : alcune considerazioni di metodo, Linguarum Varietas 11, 167-178. Matras, Y. 2010. Language Contact, Cambridge. Weinreich, U. 1958. Languages in Contact, New York. Watkins, C. 2001. An Indo-European linguistic area and its characteristics, in Aikhenvald, A.Y. and Dixon, R.M.W. (2001, eds.), Areal diffusion and geenetic inheritance: problems in comparative linguistics, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 44-63.