Another serious linguistic fact that argues against the "autochthony" of Albanians in south and central Albania: the scarce ancient Greek loanwords than proto-albanian has absorbed when compared to the latin loanwords. Every linguist is adamant that proto-Albanian was spoken somewhere north of the Jireček line, where latin and not Greek was the lingua franca of communication:


Here's a Dutch linguist explaining the fact [08:00 and onwards]

Symposium: Where did the Albanian language & the Albanians come from? (10 November 2012, Leiden)

If we want to make a numerical comparison: Proto-Albanian has absorbed some 10 ancient Greek loanwords (and in some of them we cannot determine if they were borrowed directly or through latin intermediation) and in the same time it has absorbed 636 Latin loawords (!!!), a number comparable to the number of latin loanwords found in Welsh and Basque.

This means that for every 1 ancient Greek loanword proto-albanian has taken 63 latin loanwords. This situation obviously cannot have happened neither south of the Jireček line nor to the immediate north of it (where we would expect an almost 1:1 distribution, say 1:2 in favour of latin, not the 1:60 that albanian shows).

Proto-Albanian has evolved in an area where Greek had insignificant effects. On the other hand, we do know from Strabo (1st ce. BC) that the southern most Illyrian tribes living near to the Epirotans and the Macedonians were already bilingual (diglossoi) in both Illyrian and Greek.

Their subsequent evolution was naturally towards full scale linguistic hellenization as it happened with all the non Greek speakers living in the pars Graeca of the Roman empire.

I quote Strabo [7.7.8]:

But some go so far as to call the whole of the country Macedonia, as far as Corcyra, at the same time stating as their reason that in tonsure, language, short cloak, and other things of the kind, the usages of the inhabitants are similar, although, they add, some speak both languages. But when the empire of the Macedonians was broken up, they fell under the power of the Romans. And it is through the country of these tribes that the Egnatian Road runs, which begins at Epidamnus and Apollonia. Near the Road to Candavia are not only the lakes which are in the neighborhood of Lychnidus,5 on the shores of which are salt-fish establishments that are independent of other waters, but also a number of rivers, some emptying into the Ionian Gulf and others flowing in a southerly direction—I mean the Inachus, the Aratthus, the Acheloüs and the Evenus (formerly called the Lycormas);

The same holds true for the Taulantians living in the hinterland of Dyrrachion. How can they have resisted hellenization being so close all these centuries to a major Greek city?

How can all those heavily hellenized ancient Illyrian tribes evolve a language that would have only 10 ancient Greek loanwords and 636 Latin ones?



This tribe had become bilingual being under the effects of an early Hellenisation.

They obviously do not fit the profile for albanian ancestors.