- Paleo-Balkan languages
The Paleo-Balkan languages were the
Indo-European languagesthat were spoken in the Balkansin ancient times.Clarifyme|date=September 2008 With the exception of Greek and the language that gave rise to Albanian (see below), they are all extinct, due to Hellenization(in the south), Romanization (in the north) as well as the later Slavic migrations.
Armenian languageFact|date=September 2008
Phrygian languageFact|date=September 2008
Albanian may have evolved from Dacian, Thracian, or Illyrian, but it is still disputed which language was its ancestor.
Because of the fragmentary evidence that has survived, it is unknown how closely related these languages were, i.e., whether they belonged to a common branch of the
Indo-European language familyor merely a Sprachbund. However, no linguist proposes that the Liburnian language---which is generally considered to have been closely akin to the Venetic language---is part of the same IE branch as the Greek language.
Origin of Albanians
Eastern Romance substratum
*"A Grammar of Modern Indo-European" [http://books.google.com/books?id=cm-VwKgY8jcC&pg=PA78&dq=Illyrian+rhinos&sig=NCWKvxdePWzZERB2FEG4GK-OqiE Pages 73-81] by Carlos Quiles ISBN 8461176391
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