Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Proto-Indo-European: Indo-European languages


 (prō′tō-ĭn′dō-yo͝or′ə-pē′ən) Abbr. PIE
The reconstructed language that was the ancestor of the Indo-European languages.
Of, relating to, or being Proto-Indo-European or one of its reconstructed linguistic features.


(Languages) the prehistoric unrecorded language that was the ancestor of all Indo-European languages


(ˈproʊ toʊˌɪn doʊˌyʊər əˈpi ən)

the unattested prehistoric parent language of the Indo-European languages.
References in periodicals archive ?
Through close scrutiny and periodisation of the different layers of contact of tocharian and its prehistoric neighbours, The project will reconstruct the migration route of the tocharians from the proto-indo-european homeland all the way to china.
Saraswati" (or "Sarasvati"), a word that has proto-Indo-European roots, is a name found in ancient Indian texts to refer to the major river around which the people of the ancient Indian civilization lived.
In this revised and augmented version of his 2012 Erlangen dissertation Michael Maier treats in exhaustive fashion all possible reflexes of the Proto-Indo-European possessive suffix *-went- in the Indo-European languages of Anatolia.
Others point to potential roots in Proto-Indo-European, Latin and even Greek.
They brought with them the Proto-Indo-European language on the basis of which Sanskrit was formed.
His familiarity with 28 languages enabled him to compile wordlists such as the following: Sanskrit matar Greek meter Latin mater Persian madar German mutter Spanish madre Russian mat' Welsh modryb; mam Breton mamm Albanian meme French mere; maman Afghan mor Arabic umm English mother; mum Gaelic mathair Jones suggests the revolutionary idea of language evolution and, if languages can change over time, they may also become extinct - Jones' putative lost source is what we now term Proto-Indo-European.
A revised version of the author's dissertation, Reconstructing Indo-European Syllabification, this study analyzes the process of syllabification within the Proto-Indo-European language and the processes that were affected.
The Oxford introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European world.
According to linguistics, it is a standardised dialect of old Indo-Aryan language, originating as Vedic Sanskrit and tracing its linguistic ancestry back to Proto-Indo-Iranian and ultimately to Proto-Indo-European.
It is a standardized dialect of Old Indo-Aryan, originating as Vedic Sanskrit and tracing its linguistic ancestry back to Proto-Indo-Iranian and ultimately to Proto-Indo-European.
This volume presents 13 papers based for the most part on lectures at a July 2010 colloquium at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, which gathered researchers interested in various aspects of grammatical gender and number in Proto-Indo-European languages and some daughter languages.
29 ( ANI ): A linguist has been able to recreate a proto-Indo-European (PIE) language that was spoken between 4,500 and 2,500 B.