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Eastern Romance

Eastern Romance is one of the major subdivisions of the Romance languages. Grammatically it is quite different from the rest of the Romance languages, retaining features from Latin (such as the neuter grammatical gender and noun cases) that have been lost in all the other subfamilies. However, the Eastern Romance family also belongs to the Balkan sprachbund, and its various members have been quite influenced by other languages in the sprachbund, particularly the Slavic languages and Greek.

The surviving members of the Eastern Romance family are:

  • Romanian (25 million speakers in Romania, Moldova)
  • Aromanian (250,000 speakers in Greece, North Macedonia)
  • Megleno-Romanian (5,000 speakers in Greece, North Macedonia)
  • Istro-Romanian (300 speakers in Croatia)