Tuesday, October 15, 2013

53. Elbasan


The Elbasan alphabet was invented around the middle of the 18th century and named after the city of Elbasan in central Albania. It was used mainly in a document called the Elbasan Gospel Manuscript, or Anonimi i Elbasanit (The Anonymous of Elbasan) in Albanian, which was created at St Jovan Vladimir's Church, published in 1761, and can now be found in the National Archives of Albania in Tiranë.

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: alphabet
  • Direction of writing: left to right
  • Used to write: Albanian
  • Consists of 40 letters: 35 common ones, and 5 there are used on rarely
  • Each letter represents one phoneme

Elbasan alphabet

Elbasan script


Information about the Elbasan alphabet
Information about the Albanian language


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