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See also: balkanism


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From Balkan +‎ -ism. The political meaning was coined by Maria Todorova in 1997 in her work Imagining the Balkans.


Balkanism (countable and uncountable, plural Balkanisms)

  1. A word, phrase or other linguistic or cultural feature originating or being geographically confined to the region of Balkans.
    • 2004, Victor Friedman, The typology of Balkan evidentiality and areal linguistics, in Balkan Syntax and Semantics, page 102:
      In this paper I shall address the expression of evidentiality in the Balkan languages as a case study of a contact phenomenon, specifically a Balkanism, that must take both areal and typological factors into account.
  2. (politics) Discourse promoting the pejorative political and cultural stereotype of the Balkans.
    • 2008, Martin Coward, Urbicide: The Politics of Urban Destruction[1], page 30:
      Balkanism attributes an essential character to the Balkan Peninsula that is the logical correlate of Balkanisation.