Albanian, Gheg


A language of Serbia

Alternate Names
Geg, Shqip, Shqyp

1,630,000 in Serbia. Population total all countries: 3,486,100. Ethnic population: 2,000,000 (1998 Los Angeles Times).



Language Status

2 (Provincial). Statutory language of provincial identity in Bjanovac, 2 other municipalities (2009, Constitution, Article 10(2)). De facto provincial language in Kosovo.


Gheg, Northeast, Gheg, Northwest. There is a transitional dialect zone which is neither Gheg Albanian nor Tosk Albanian [als]. It is spoken in a few towns and villages around the Shkumbin River such as Shpat and Sulovë. A member of macrolanguage Albanian [sqi].

Language Use

Vigorous. Restrictions on Albanian at Kosovo’s university since 1990.

Language Development
Newspapers. NT: 1869–1990.

Braille script [Brai]. Latin script [Latn], primary usage.

Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.

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