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- n. A branch of the Indo-European language family that consists of the Baltic and Slavic languages.
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- adj. Of or pertaining to Proto-Balto-Slavic language, people who spoke it and their culture.
- proper n. Proto-Balto-Slavic language, i.e. a common development stage between the Proto-Indo-European and the later Baltic and Slavic languages.
- proper n. A speaker of Proto-Balto-Slavic.
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- n. a family of Indo-European languages including the Slavic and Baltic languages
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In other dialects namely Balto-Slavic, there seems to have been no contrast maximization between the glottalized and plain-voiced stops.
Linguists have also noted that the Balto-Slavic branch shows affinities with Germanic, which has led to the notion of an earlier Balto-Slavic-Germanic language area in prehistoric northern Europe.
The fact that *melit is not attested in the eastern branches by which we mean Indo-Iranian and Tocharian, presumably; Balto-Slavic is rather in-between is not evidence for anything in itself; that is an argumentum ex silentio, which I'm sure you're aware is a logical fallacy.
It just so happens that in Germanic *bʰ became *b while in Balto-Slavic *bʰ and *b merged so it would then stand to reason that it was after this change that the case endings were free to be mistaken with those in /m/ like the accusative *-m and genitive plural *-om.
Winter's Law in Balto-Slavic, "Hybrid Theory" and phonation - Part 2
Winter's Law in Balto-Slavic, "Hybrid Theory" and ...
The standard description of Winter's Law by Mr. Winter himself was that in Balto-Slavic, vowels had somehow lengthened before PIE plain voiced *d but did not lengthen before voiced aspirated *dʰ.
Winter's Law in Balto-Slavic, "Hybrid Theory" and phonation - Part 1
It's an interesting fact that both Germanic and Balto-Slavic dialects in the dialect soup known as "Proto-Indo-European" agreed on changing certain case endings with *-bʰi- to *-mi-.
This indicates to IEists that the area in which Germanic initially formed was right beside the area in which Balto-Slavic formed.