Arvanitika, known as Arvanitic, is the variety of Albanian traditionally spoken by the Arvanites, a population group in Greece.
|FactSnippet No. 1,607,431|
Arvanitika is today endangered, as its speakers have been shifting to the use of Greek and most younger members of the community no longer speak it.
|FactSnippet No. 1,607,432|
Arvanitika was brought to southern Greece during the late Middle Ages by settlers from what is today Albania.
|FactSnippet No. 1,607,433|
Italo-Arberesh and Graeco-Arvanitika have a mutually intelligible vocabulary base, the unintelligible elements of the two dialects stem from the usage of Italian or Greek modernisms in the absence of native ones.
|FactSnippet No. 1,607,435|
Mutual intelligibility between Standard Tosk and Arvanitika is higher than that between the two main dialect groups within Albanian, Tosk and Gheg.
|FactSnippet No. 1,607,436|
Trudgill sums up that "[l]inguistically, there is no doubt that [Arvanitika] is a variety of Albanian".
|FactSnippet No. 1,607,437|
However, this script is very rarely used in practice today, as Arvanitika is almost exclusively a spoken language confined to the private sphere.
|FactSnippet No. 1,607,438|
Arvanitika is considered an endangered language due to the large-scale language shift towards Greek among the descendants of Arvanitika-speakers in recent decades.
|FactSnippet No. 1,607,439|
Texts in Arvanitika have survived in the private correspondence between Arvanites who used the dialect.
|FactSnippet No. 1,607,440|