Modern Standard Albanian is a young variety, proclaimed in 1972 at the
Congress of Orthography in Tirana. It is based on the Tosk variety, one of
the two main varieties (Tosk and Gheg) of the Albanian language, which is
spoken in the South of the country. The aim of the current investigation
is to look at the way in which this Standard is realized by its
representatives, the educated speakers of four geographical regions: South
Albania, Middle Albania, North Albania, and Kosovo. The analysis is based
on the realization of stressed vowels. It can be shown that there are
striking differences between the speakers of the Republic of Albania and
Kosovo, whereas within Albania, speakers from the different geographical
regions adopt characteristic features from the other geographical regions.
The spread of Standard Albanian is, therefore, not solely an intrusion of
the Tosk-based variety into the Gheg varieties, but rather, speakers
counterbalance among their varieties on the basis of the alleged
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