Arvanitic or Arvanitika is a descendent of Albanian spoken by the Arvanite
people in Greece, especially in southern Greece. It is closely related to the
Tosk dialect of Albanian and Arbëresh, the dialect of Albanian spoken in Italy
and there is considerable mutual intelligibility between these varieties.
There are somewhere between 30,000 and 150,000 speakers of Arvanitic in about
300 villages, and all of the them also speak Greek. Intergenerational transmission
of the language decreasing and the language shift towards Greek has accelerating
in recent years.
Arvanitic is written with versions of the Greek or Latin alphabet, although
it is not written very often.
Arvanitic alphabets and pronunciation
Information about Arvanitic pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel.
Sample text (Lord's Prayer)
Áti ýnë që jé ndë qiéjet, ushënjtëróft' émëri ýt.
árthtë mbëretëría jóte; ubëftë dashurími ýt,
si ndë qiél, edhé mbë dhét;
búkënë tónë të përdítëshimen' ép-na néve sót;
edhé fálj-na fájetë tóna,
sikúndrë edhé néve ua fáljmë fajtórëvet tánë;
edhé mos na shtiér ndë ngásie, pó shpëtó-na nga i ljígu;
sepsé jótia është mbëretëría e fuqía e ljavdía ndë jétët të jétëvet.
Information about the Arvanitic language and people
Other languages written with the Greek and