Sprochamaedli wrote:Has anyone else noticed how Albanian and English phonologies are very similar, almost exactly the same?
albanian is on it's own language family branch
I'm not sure what you mean. The vowel inventories are totally distinct (Albanian has a 7-vowel system; several varieties of English have twice that many distinctive vowels before you even begin to count diphthongs). In the consonants, Albanian has a whole palatal series lacking in English as well as phonemic distinction between trilled and flapped r and "light" and "dark" l.
Sure you're not just making too much of the presence of a couple of dental fricatives? Arabic has those, too, you know.
Sprochamaedli wrote:I wasn't talking about just vowels, and I was talking about sounds not spelling.
Sprochamaedli wrote:English has "light" and "dark" l as well. Also, a lot of English accents have a flapped r and also, I've heard Albanian accents with a rhotic r. You can look at the phonology of each language. Which looks closer to English, the Albanian or the Dutch, which is closely related to English?
as are these...what's your point?
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