I am attaching a short paragraph on Illyrians from a book written by Irish-American Indo-Europeanist James Mallory.

Thnx dude for providing such priceless stuff! Yet Mallory in his last incisive work has further advanced his arguments delving the perplexed question of early stages of Albanian and cling to the Illyrian theory as the most feasible alternative among others. While he acknowledges the presence of sprinkling Dacian words, he deems Illyrian connection as the strongest so far.


If there are no Illyrian texts and only personal and place names survived, which linguists settled that Albanian is a continuation of Illyrian dialect beyond doubt?

Just because the Illyrian is too meager, this does not mean that we can take flight on a poetic license and look for Albanian origins in, shall we say, Danubian Dacia, Carpatian region or in furthest reaches of the world. Just take a look at our Greek gimp who takes the liberty to come off with the most faint assumptions. In other words, this is not the province of amateurs and dilettantes but the preponderance of professional evidence and work that lies closer to the truth.  And the prevalent opinion among modern scholarship is that Albanian by and large derives from a southern Illyrian dialect, perhaps with a ostensibly thin ingredient of Thracian. Do you even fathom how worryingly biased is Ace who is not adept nor entitled to draw any conclusion about this matter? Although he has only a smattering in Albanian, he indulge himself to kept alive even the most surreal things 8).

Ace seems to get away with Dacian thing over and over, plucking things out if thin air and never producing anything of worthy. To claim that proto-Albanian has been branched off by Dacian is nothing but a wishful thinking. History afford no inkling to any massive migration towards modern Albania. So the Dacian hypothesis does not hold any water which is why no serious scholar is endorsing it. Dacian is less known than Illyrian and its extension was seemingly confined to a smaller territory than its western neighbor.  Much of what's been reconstructed of this language hinges purely on the Georgiev's etymologies, which according to Duridanov are highly questionable. Some bearing on this discussion has the fact that many of Dacian words found in Albanian are Illyrian as well. There is some ground to assume that Dacian has been profusely affected by the Illyrian, more than we ought to think.