is a macrolanguage spoken by roughly 15 million inhabitants of the Balkan peninsula, mainly in Albania, located in Europe’s southeastern corner.

The oldest book to have been written in Albanian is the Meshari, written by the Catholic clergyman in 1555.

It was initially suggested that Albanian was the only surviving member of the languages that were traditionally spoken in the southeast of the Balkans.  Nonetheless, there is currently stronger evidence that it is related to the ancient language spoken in and .  The principal evidence lies in the form of loans in modern Rumanian, presumably having come from , that are clearly similar to modern Albanian.

Then again, it’s not clear whether the Dacian and Iliric languages belonged to different branches of the , though most academics tend to think that they were.

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