Albanian language belongs to the Indo-European language family and it is not part of any of the existing branches, but it itself represents a branch. In the same manner as Greek, the Albanian language is an Indo-European language isolate. This language is spoken by about six million people. As an official language it is spoken in Albania and the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija, and it is recognized as a minority language in Macedonia, Montenegro, Italy, Romania, Croatia and Serbia.
We cannot talk about the origin of the Albanian language with certainty as the relevant scientific literature is pervaded with as many as five hypotheses regarding this issue. It has often been related to the Illyrian language, but this connection has not been proved and it probably never will as there are very few traces of Illyrian remaining. Albanian as “lingua albanesca” was first mentioned in the 12th century, in one Dubrovnik court document. The first Latin-Albanian dictionary was printed in the 17th century in Rome. It is an interesting fact that the oldest Albanian language grammar book was written back in 1710, but published as late as 1982.
Albanian is written in the Latin script.
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