Arvanitic (αρbε̰ρίσ̈τ)

Arvanitic or Arvanitika is a descendent of Albanian spoken by the Arvanite people in Greece, especially in southern Greece. It is closely related to the Tosk dialect of Albanian and Arbëresh, the dialect of Albanian spoken in Italy and there is considerable mutual intelligibility between these varieties.

There are somewhere between 30,000 and 150,000 speakers of Arvanitic in about 300 villages, and all of the them also speak Greek. Intergenerational transmission of the language decreasing and the language shift towards Greek has accelerating in recent years.

Arvanitic is written with versions of the Greek or Latin alphabet, although it is not written very often.

Arvanitic alphabets and pronunciation

Arvanitic alphabet and pronunciation

Information about Arvanitic pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel.

Sample text (Lord's Prayer)

Áti ýnë që jé ndë qiéjet, ushënjtëróft' émëri ýt.
árthtë mbëretëría jóte; ubëftë dashurími ýt,
si ndë qiél, edhé mbë dhét;
búkënë tónë të përdítëshimen' ép-na néve sót;
edhé fálj-na fájetë tóna,
sikúndrë edhé néve ua fáljmë fajtórëvet tánë;
edhé mos na shtiér ndë ngásie, pó shpëtó-na nga i ljígu;
sepsé jótia është mbëretëría e fuqía e ljavdía ndë jétët të jétëvet.

Links

Information about the Arvanitic language and people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arvanitika
http://www.mlahanas.de/Greece/History/Arvanites.html
http://redzone.org/index.php/eyak_preservation_council/eyak_language/

Albanian languages

Albanian, Arvanitic

Other languages written with the Greek and Latin alphabets