Questions tagged [albanian]

Indo-European language spoken mainly in Albania and Kosovo, in two forms: Gheg and Tosk.

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Why does Latin, Turkish, and Albanian have similar words? [closed]

Latin and Albanian come from the Indo-European language so it makes sense that those two languages share many words with each-other, but how comes Turkish which is supposed to come from non-Indo-...
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Albanian minimal pairs for r vs. rr, xh vs. gj, and q vs. ç

can anyone provide some minimal pairs for these in Albanian? I have just begun studying the language and would like to improve my ability to hear the differences in these, which is challenging as a ...
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Retroflex /r/ in Albanian?

When listening to recordings of spoken Albanian, I sometimes note what sounds like a retroflex /r/; it's less pronounced than in American English, and seems to occur in syllable codas. Now Albanian ...
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What is an “adjectival article”? Apparently Albanian “të” is one

Being in Albania I decided to sit down with a word frequency list of the language and look each up so I would know some of the common words I see around me. The second most common word in Albanian is ...
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What's the etymology of the Albanian word for hello, “tungjatjeta”? [closed]

In Albanian the usual greeting is "tungjatjeta", what is it derived or descended from? What are its origins?
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Are there minimal pairs for “l” vs “ll” in Albanian?

I'd like to ask some Albanian speakers to say pairs of words which come as close to possible as differing only by one of each pair having "l" and the other having "ll". I'm trying to hear and ...
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Which kinds of participle does Albanian have?

There are many kinds of participles. English has two kinds, past participles (eaten) and present participles (eating). The Wikipedia article on the Albanian language doesn't cover as much as many ...
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Is the “ll” in Albanian like the sounds in other languages?

Albanian has a digraph letter "ll" which is described as being similar to English "dark l". But how similar is it and how different? My native Australian English has dark l and to me it tends to turn ...
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Is there a general consensus on what modern language is the closest relative of Albanian?

I'm off to Albania tomorrow so starting to get more and more interested in the language. It's one of the outliers on the Indo-European family tree. It's not hard to see a relationship but it's not ...