Proto-Albanian language

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The Proto-Albanian language is the unattested language from which Albanian later developed. Albanian has[1][2] evolved from an ancient Paleo-Balkan language, traditionally thought to be Illyrian.


Vladimir Orel is one of the main modern international linguists to have dealt with the passage from Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Albanian to Modern Albanian. According to Orel, the study of Proto-Albanian syntax remains in its infancy so there are some limitations to the work. However, there have been developments in the understanding of the historical development of phonetics and vocabulary.[3]


  1. ^ Stipčević, Aleksandar (1977). The Illyrians: history and culture. Noyes Press. p. 73. ISBN 9780815550525. ...these proofs exclude the possibility of Albanian being developed from any other paleo-Balkan language.
  2. ^ Hamp, Eric (1980) It [i.e. the Albanian language] can be said to be related more closely to Baltic and Slavic than to anything else, and certainly not to be close to Thracian see
  3. ^ Vladimir Ė Orel (2000). A Concise Historical Grammar of the Albanian Language: Reconstruction of Proto-Albanian. BRILL. p. 1. ISBN 90-04-11647-8.