Albanian, Gheg


A language of Albania

Albanian, Gheg

Alternate Names
Geg, Gheg, Guegue, Shopni, Shqip, Shqyp

1,200,000 in Albania (2012 UNSD). Ethnic population: 2,310,000 ethnic Albanians (2011 census). Total users in all countries: 1,821,480.


Widespread north of the Shkumbin river.

Language Status

5 (Dispersed).


Northwest Gheg, Northeast Gheg, Central Gheg, Southern Gheg. A member of macrolanguage Albanian [sqi].


SVO; prepositions; noun head initial; gender (masculine/feminine/neuter); definite article affix; case-marking (4 cases); verb affixes mark person, number; passives; tense; 29 consonant and 7 vowel phonemes; non-tonal; stress on penultimate syllable.

Language Use

Also use Tosk Albanian [als].

Language Development
Newspapers. NT: 1869–1990.

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

Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.

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