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Albanian

Authored by: Alexander Rusakov

The Indo-European Languages

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415730624
eBook ISBN: 9781315678559
Adobe ISBN: 9781317391531

10.4324/9781315678559.pt12

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Abstract

Current geographic distribution. Albanian is currently spoken in Albania, Kosovo, the southern part of Montenegro, the southern part of Serbia, the western part of Macedonia and, to some extent, the northwestern part of Greece. Sizeable old Albanian diasporas exist in various regions of Greece (since the late 13th–14th centuries), in the southern Italy (since the 15th century), near Zadar in Croatia (since the 18th century), in Bulgaria and Ukraine (this population probably left Albania in the 16th century). Albanian is spoken by approximately 7.5 million speakers.

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