Definitions for illyrianɪˈlɪər i ən
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Il•lyr•i•anɪˈlɪər i ən(adj.)
of or pertaining to Illyria, its inhabitants, or their speech.
(n.)a native or inhabitant of Illyria.
the extinct Indo-European language or languages spoken by the Illyrians.
a minor and almost extinct branch of the Indo-European languages; spoken along the Dalmatian coast
of or pertaining to Illyria, Illyrians or the Illyrian language
an inhabitant of ancient Illyria
extinct Indo-European language or languages spoken at the North-West Balkans
an inhabitant of Roman province of Illyricum (Illyro-Roman)
an old term for South Slavs, especially Croats, used in 17th-19th centuries
a proposed term for Proto-Albanians
a member of the Illyrian movement
The Illyrian languages are a group of Indo-European languages that were spoken in the western part of the Balkans in former times by groups identified as Illyrians: Ardiaei, Delmatae, Pannonii, Autariates, Taulanti. Some sound-changes from Proto-Indo-European to Illyrian and other language features are deduced from what remains of the Illyrian languages, but because there are no examples of ancient Illyrian literature surviving, it is difficult to clarify its place within the Indo-European language family. Because of the uncertainty, most sources provisionally place the Illyrian language family on its own branch of Indo-European, though its relation to other languages, ancient and modern, continues to be studied.
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