23 February 1843, lecture of prof. Franz Bopp at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin: Albanian is an Indo-European language

Franz Bopp, professor of the University of Berlin that taught all the old and new Indo European languages, on February 23rd, 1843, read before the Academy of Sciences of Berlin, his lecture “On the Albanian numbers and pronouns.” He analyzed before his colleagues the numbers up to ten and pronouns, focusing on the pronouns and comparing them to all the Indo-European languages. In this way he argued his thesis that the Albanian language is an Indo-European language. His lecture was held at one time when Albania and the Albanian issue were not known in Europe, when many scholars and politicians considered our country only a geographical expression.