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Albanian, Arvanitika

A language of Greece

ISO 639-3: aat

Population 150,000 (2000).
Region Attica (Attiki), Boeotia (Viotia), southern Euboea (Evia), and the island of Salamis (Salamina); Thrace; Peloponiso Peninsula, Arkadia; Athens. Mainly rural. Also the Northwestern Peloponnese with enclaves elsewhere in the Peloponnese; north of the island of Andros, 300 villages.
Alternate names   Arvanitika, Arvanitic, Arberichte
Dialects Thracean Arvanitika, Northwestern Arvanitika, South Central Arvanitika. Arvanitika is partially intelligible to speakers of Tosk. Dialects are perceived as unintelligible to speakers of other dialects.
Classification Indo-European, Albanian, Tosk
Language use Young people are migrating to Athens and assimilating as Greeks. Some cultural revival since the 1980s. Speakers are older adults.
Language development Greek script. Grammar. NT: 1827.
Comments Speakers are called 'Arvanites'. The language is heavily influenced by Greek. Christian.