- Tosk Albanian
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Tosk is the southern dialect of the
Albanian language. The line of demarcation between Tosk and Gheg(the northern dialect) is the Shkumbin River. Tosk is the basis of the standard Albanian language.
"Tosk" may also refer to the Tosk-speaking Albanian population of southern Albania, subgroups of which include the Myzeqars of Myzeqe, Labs of
Labëriaand Chams of Çamëria. The Arvanitesof Greeceand Arbëreshëof Italyare descendants of Tosk-speaking settlers, as are the original inhabitants of Mandritsain Bulgaria.
"Tosk", in its narrowest sense, may be applied to the people of "Toskëria", the region to the north of
Vjosëriver and south of Shkumbin river, in the territory of Fier County. However, the name "Toskëria" itself is often used to name entire Tosk-speaking parts of Albania, in contrast to northern "Gegëria".
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