The Upper Reka Albanian dialect is a member of the wider northern Albanian Gheg dialect subgroup of the Albanian language spoken by northern Albanians. Speakers of the dialect are mainly located within the territory of the sub-region of Upper Reka in north-western Macedonia.
Is Albanian and Macedonian similar?
Macedonian, with Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Slovene and Bulgarian, is a Southern Slavonic language. It is most closely related to Bulgarian, and the two share similarities to Romanian, Greek and Albanian. These five languages make up the Balkan Sprachbund (language league).
What language is spoken in Macedonia?
Gheg has a distinctly northern Albanian dialect while Tosk has a distinctly southern Albanian dialect. Both are Albanian with an Illyrian ancestry, but due to the nature of their history and demographic, their dialects are somewhat different. The differences are easier observed to native Albanians than us foreigners.
Was Macedonia ever part of Albania?
With the onset of World War Two, western Macedonia was annexed by Axis Italy to their protectorate of Albania creating a Greater Albania under Italian control. Italian authorities in western Macedonia allowed the use of the Albanian language in schools, university education and administration.
Are Albanians Illyrians?
The Albanians are most probably the descendants of the ancient Illyrians who were colonized after the seventh century BCE by the Greeks and subsequently by the Romans. During the Middle Ages, modern-day Albania formed successively parts of the Byzantine, Bulgarian, Serbian and Angevin-Norman empires.
What language is closest to Albanian?
The closest language to Albanian is likely Romanian. Their ancestors likely spoke similar languages (Dacian and Illyrian?) but when the Romans came, Romanians learned Latin while Albanian preserved whichever language they spoke which developed into modern Albanian.
Is Albanian an official language in Macedonia?
Within North Macedonia, Albanian is spoken in western and northern parts of the Republic. As of January 2019 it has become the co-official language in North Macedonia.
What does the MKD mean in Macedonia?
Currency. Macedonian denar (MKD)
What language did Alexander speak?
Albanian and Serbian are the official languages of Kosovo. According to the 2008 constitution, Turkish, Bosnian, and Romany also have official status in relevant municipalities. The Albanian spoken in Kosovo is a subvariety of the Gheg dialect; it is commonly known as kosovarce.
What dialect of Albanian is spoken in Kosovo?
Albanian has two main dialects: Tosk, which is spoken in southern Albania and is the basis of standard Albanian, and Gheg, which is spoken in the north of Albania and Kosovo.
What dialect is spoken in Shkoder?
The Northeastern Gheg slightly differs from Northwestern Gheg (spoken in Shkodër), as the pronunciation is deeper and more prolonged. Northeastern Gheg is considered to be the autonomous branch of Gheg Albanian in turn, the Northeastern Gheg dialects themselves differ greatly among themselves.
How much Albanians are in Macedonia?
Of the 2,022,547 people in North Macedonia, 509,083, or 25.2%, are Albanian according to the national census of 2002. The Albanian minority is concentrated mostly in the western, north-western and partially middle area of the country with small communities located in the south-west.
Where is Macedonia in the Bible?
Macedonia has a long, rich history dating back to biblical times. In fact, Macedonia is mentioned at least 23 times in seven books of the Holy Bible. The Macedonian region, located in south-central Balkans, is comprised of northern Greece, southwestern Bulgaria, and the independent Republic of North Macedonia.