Re: Albanian alphabet

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Thu Mar 08 2001 - 05:16:56 EST

At 12:52 -0800 2001-03-07, Nick NICHOLAS wrote:
>Just as a curio, does anyone here know anything about the 19th century
>indigenous Albanian alphabet? I read about it in von Hahn's 1854
>_Albanische Studien_, which has some rather fanciful theories relating it
>to Phoenician, but haven't seen anything about it since. It wasn't widely
>known (von Hahn thought it was around 50 in Elbasan, and it was only known
>in a couple of towns), but there were manuscripts in it.

Yes, I know a bit about it. There were two other alphabets too
(Büthakukye and Veso Bey's), and, more significantly, a number of
Latin extensions used for printing books.

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