Bulgarian language

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Bulgarian (български език, pronounced: [ˈbɤɫɡɐrski ɛˈzik]) is an Indo-European language, a member of the Slavic linguistic group.

Bulgarian demonstrates several linguistic characteristics that set it apart from all other Slavic languages, such as the elimination of case declension, the development of a suffixed definite article (see Balkan linguistic union), the lack of a verb infinitive, and the retention and further development of the Proto-Slavic verb system. Various verb forms exist to express unwitnessed, retold, and doubtful action. Estimates of the number of people around the world who speak Bulgarian fluently range from about 8.5 million[7] to 9 million.[8] The Bulgarian language is mutually intelligible with Macedonian.[9]

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