Balto-Slavic languages

branch of the Indo-European language family

The Balto-Slavic language group is a hypothetical group made up of the Baltic and Slavic languages. They are part of this family group because it is claimed by some Germanic and Slavic linguists that these two language groups share some similarities involving the linguistic traits of the two language families. However, these claims are not universally accepted. Some scholars claim they are two different decendants of the wider Proto-Indo-European (PIE) langauge family.[1] The Balto-Slavic languages are mainly spoken in areas of eastern, northern and southern parts of Europe. The Balto-Slavic languages are daughter languages of the now extinct PIE. There are only two Baltic languages spoken today: Lithuanian and Latvian.

Eastern, Southern and Northern Europe
Linguistic classification:Indo-European
  • Balto-Slavic

Countries where the national language is:
  Eastern Slavic
  Western Slavic
  Southern Slavic
  (Eastern) Baltic

Some of Balto-Slavic languages spoken today:

For a complete list of Balto-Slavic languages go here.


  1. Klimas, Antanas. "BALTO-SLAVIC OR BALTIC AND SLAVIC? (The Relationship of Baltic and Slavic Languages)". Lituanus. 13–2. Archived from the original on 2022-04-14. Retrieved 2022-03-20.