ISBN 978-1544294094Centre for Albanian Studies, London 2017117 pp.The hundred years between 1750and 1850 were an age of astounding orthographic diversity in Albania. In this period, the Albanian language was put to writing in at least ten different alphabets – most certainlya record for European languages. This book introduces the diverse forms in which this old Balkan language was recorded, from the earliest documents to the beginning of the twentieth century. They consist of adaptations of the Latin, Greek, Arabic and Cyrillic alphabets and, what is even more interesting, a number of locally invented writing systems. Most of the latter alphabets have now been forgotten and are unknown, even to the Albanians themselves.
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IntroductionBorrowed Albanian Alphabets:The Latin AlphabetThe Greek AlphabetThe Arabic AlphabetThe Cyrillic AlphabetInvented Albanian alphabets:The Alphabet of Gregory of Durrës(Elbasan Gospel Manuscript)1761The Alphabet of Dhaskal Todhrilate 18th - early 19th centuryThe Alphabet of Jan Vellara1801 The Alphabet of Naum Veqilharxhi1844 / 1845Minor Albanian alphabetsThe so-called Alphabet of Papa Totasica. 1761The Alphabet of Vezo Beyca. 1850The Alphabet of Constantine of Beratlate 18th - early 19th centuryBibliographyBuy this Book on AMAZON