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Who Speaks Albanian?
Albanian is spoken by approximately 7 million people throughout the world, primarily in Albania, Kosovo, Italy, Greece, Macedonia and Montenegro. There is a large Albanian diaspora. Albanian is the official language of Albania and Kosovo. It is spoken fluently by the majority of both countries’ populations. Albanian is also a minority language in Croatia, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Romania. Albanian is also spoken in some villages in Greece.
Albanian is the third most spoken language in Italy, due to strong historical ties between Albania and Italy. Italy has an Albanian population nearing 500,000, many of whom are scattered across southern Italy, and are widely known as Arbëreshë (“the Albanians of Italy”). Arbëreshe are unique Albanian speakers, who speak an archaic dialect of Tosk Albanian called Arbëreshë. Additionally, there are about 1 million Albanians from Kosovo dispersed throughout Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. These Albanian speakers are mostly refugees from Kosovo, who migrated during the Kosovo War.
There are also many Albanian speakers in the United States, Argentina, Chile, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Uruguay, Turkey, and Canada.
Albanian Ancestors in Egypt
Today in Egypt there are around 18,000 Albanians, most of whom speak Tosk. Many of these Albanian speaking Egyptians share a common ancestor in the Janissary of Muhammad Ali Pasha (Reign: 17 May 1805 – 2 March 1848), an Albanian who was the self-declared Khedive of Egypt and Sudan. A Khedive is similar to an English viceroy. Ali Pasha was essentially a governor and vassal, who became the self-proclaimed and first Khedive. Due to the large dynasty that he established, a considerable portion of the former Egyptian and Sudanese aristocracy was of Albanian descent. This example serves to show us that, in addition to more modern or recent emigrants, there are older diasporic communities around the world.
Different Dialects of Albanian
Standard Albanian is based on the Tosk dialect of southern Albania. However, technically, the Albanian language has two distinct dialects, Tosk which is spoken in the south, and Gheg spoken in the north. The Shkumbin river is the rough dividing line between the north and the south, and serves to act as the dividing line between Tosk and Gheg speakers.
Gheg is further divided into four sub-dialects: Northwest Gheg, Northeast Gheg, Central Gheg, and Southern Gheg. Gheg is mostly spoken northern Albania, and throughout most of Montenegro, Kosovo and in northwestern Macedonia. There is also the Upper Reka dialect, which is often classified as Central Gheg. Further, there is also a dialect in Croatia, the Arbanasi dialect, a diaspora dialect
Tosk is divided into five sub-dialects, including Northern Tosk (the most commonly spoken) Labërisht, Çam, Arvanitika, and Arbëresh. Tosk originates in southern Albania, southwestern Macedonia, and northern and southern Greece. Cam Albanian is spoken in North-western Greece, and Arvanitika is spoken by the Arvanites in southern Greece. Arbëresh is spoken by the Arbëreshë people, descendants of 15th and 16th century migrants who settled in southeastern Italy, in small communities in the regions of Sicily and Calabria.