Formula e pagëzimit
The formula e pagëzimit (English: baptismal formula) is the first written document in Albanian retrieved. The sentence in Albanian is Un'te paghesont' pr'emenit t'Atit e t'Birit e t'Spirit Senit. (English: I baptize thee in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and modern Albanian: Unë të pagëzoj në emër të Atit, të Birit, e të Shpirtit të Shenjtë) and was contained in a pastoral letter written in Latin by Pal Engjëlli. The document is dated November 8, 1462.
Albanian scholar Xhevat Lloshi claim there were attempts to write Albanian in the 12th or 13th century.
- Janet Byron (1976). Selection among alternates in language standardization: the case of Albanian. Mouton. p. 36. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
in Albanian is the short Catholic baptismal formula (Formula e pagezimit) of 1462.2 The formula is in Geg, and written in Roman script; it occurs within a pastoral letter, itself in Latin, of the Archbishop of Durres, Pal Engjelli
- Academia Republicii Socialiste România, Academia Republicii Populare Romîne (1971). Revue des études sud-est européennes 9: 102 http://books.google.com/books?id=uvAXAAAAIAAJ&q=paolo+angeli+iorga&dq=paolo+angeli+iorga&cd=1. Retrieved 2010-05-28. Missing or empty
- Xhevat Lloshi (1999). Handbuch der Südosteuropa-Linguistik. Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. p. 291. ISBN 978-3-447-03939-0. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
The first attempts to write the albanian language are to found in the 12th - 13th centuries. It is understandable that the first documents may have been trade, economic, administrative and religious wrtitings compiled by low-rank clerics. A Dominican friar, Guillelmus Adae, knows as Father Brocardus, noted in a pamphlet he published in 1332 that "the Albanians have a language quite other than the Latin, but they use the Latin letters in all their books".