About the Albanian Language
Albanian is an official language in Albania and the neighboring Yugoslav province of Kosovo. The language spills over the borders and into Montenegro and Macedonia, however, and there has been a diaspora in Italy, Greece and Ukraine for centuries. Additionally, it is a recognized minority language in Croatia and Romania. Many believe that modern Albanian evolved from ancient Illyrian. While the language shares some features with the other Indo-European languages, it is unique enough that most linguists classify it in its own separate language family. Present day Albanian utilizes the Latin alphabet for writing, but throughout history it was recorded in many other alphabets making translating historical text uniquely challenging. Our team of experts at Multilingual Connections has the experience and know-how for such challenging projects.
There are two main dialects of Albanian: Gheg and Tosk. Gheg is spoken in northern Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia. Tosk is spoken in southern Albania. A small transitionary zone stands between these dialects, the traditional border being the Shkumbin River. Other dialects include Arbëresh in southern Italy and Arvanitika scattered throughout Greece. Our skilled language staff is qualified to work in every one of these dialects, and your project will be completed by an Albanian language specialist best suited to meet your specific needs.