The (Old) Albanian language is also being researched using the story of Adam & Eve. This story is included in the Old Albanian sources being analysed as part of an FWF project (left: Italian, right: Albanian).

The (Old) Albanian language is also being researched using the story of Adam & Eve. This story is included in the Old Albanian sources being analysed as part of an FWF project (left: Italian, right: Albanian).

According to the central hypothesis of a project undertaken by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, Old Albanian had a significant influence on the development of many Balkan languages. Intensive research now aims to confirm this theory. This little-known language is being researched using all available texts before a comparison with other Balkan languages is carried out. The outcome of this work will include the compilation of a lexicon providing an overview of all Old Albanian verbs.

As project leader Dr. Schumacher explains, the research is already bearing fruit: “So far, our work has shown that Old Albanian contained numerous modal levels that allowed the speaker to express a particular stance to what was being said. Compared to the existing knowledge and literature, these modal levels are actually more extensive and more nuanced than previously thought. We have also discovered a great many verbal forms that are now obsolete or have been lost through restructuring – until now, these forms have barely even been recognized or, at best, have been classified incorrectly.” These verbal forms are crucial to explaining the linguistic history of Albanian and its internal usage.

According to the central hypothesis of a project undertaken by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, Old Albanian had a significant influence on the development of many Balkan languages. Intensive research now aims to confirm this theory. This little-known language is being researched using all available texts before a comparison with other Balkan languages is carried out. The outcome of this work will include the compilation of a lexicon providing an overview of all Old Albanian verbs.

As project leader Dr. Schumacher explains, the research is already bearing fruit: “So far, our work has shown that Old Albanian contained numerous modal levels that allowed the speaker to express a particular stance to what was being said. Compared to the existing knowledge and literature, these modal levels are actually more extensive and more nuanced than previously thought. We have also discovered a great many verbal forms that are now obsolete or have been lost through restructuring – until now, these forms have barely even been recognized or, at best, have been classified incorrectly.” These verbal forms are crucial to explaining the linguistic history of Albanian and its internal usage.

The whole article:
http://www.fwf.ac.at/en/public_relations/press/pv200805-en.html