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Slavic Languages: Russian, Polish, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Bulgarian

The Slavic languages (Slavonic languages) are the Indo-European languages native to the Slavic peoples, originally from Eastern Europe.

The Balto-Slavic languages are most often divided into Baltic and Slavic groups. However, in the 1960's Russian scientists  Vladimir Toporov and Vyacheslav Ivanov made the following conclusions:

a) Proto-Slavic language formed from the peripheral-type Baltic dialects;

b) Slavic linguistic type formed later from the Baltic languages structural model;

c) the Slavic structural model is a result of the Baltic languages structural model transformation.

Onomastic evidence shows that Baltic languages were once spoken in much wider territory than the one they cover today, all the way to Moscow, and were later replaced by Slavic.

The Slavic languages are divided intro three subgroups: EastWest, and South, which together constitute more than twenty languages. Of these, ten have at least one million speakers and official status as the national languages of the countries: Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian (of the East group),  Polish, Czech and Slovak (of the West group) and Slovene, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian and Bulgarian (of the South group).