Ursprache


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Ur·spra·che

 (o͞or′shprä′KHə)
[German : ur-, original (from Middle High German, out of, from Old High German; see ud- in Indo-European roots) + Sprache, language, speech (from Middle High German sprāche, from Old High German sprāhha).]

Ursprache

(ˈuːrʃpraːxə)
n
(Linguistics) any hypothetical extinct and unrecorded language reconstructed from groups of related recorded languages. For example, Germanic is an Ursprache reconstructed by comparison of English, Dutch, German, the Scandinavian languages, and Gothic; Indo-European is an Ursprache reconstructed by comparison of the Germanic group, Latin, Sanskrit, etc
[from ur- primeval, original + Sprache language]
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Mann 1984-1987 : 253) handeln, das in der obugrischen Ursprache in der Lautform *as- oder *as- einheimisch wurde und in Analogie zum eine ahnliche Lautform und Bedeutung aufweisenden *wal- ~*wol- ein prothetisches w bekommen konnte, das vom Ostjakischen bewahrt wurde.
able to mimic the voice of the universe, the world's Ursprache,
This translation is neither conclusive nor is it a return to a non-existent original Ursprache.
At a remote period of the existence of the human species, there was an Ursprache, which we can pretty clearly recognize in the so-called Indo-Germanic languages to which it has given birth.
The philosopher Fichte claimed that German was the best candidate for Ursprache because it was a "pure" language of ancient roots, unlike the Romance languages, which relied heavily on Latin for their vocabulary.
Brockelmann (1908: 4-5) sets the tone, saying that the reconstruction of a Semitic Ursprache is a chimera, reconstructed forms being mere formulas reflecting our temporary summary of the various languages.
As Eva Fiesel has emphasized in her detailed study of the subject, the German Romantics were not actually concerned with the "concrete origins" of language or with recovering a "real Ursprache.
A story which carries within it the enduring belief in an original language, an Ursprache, a language by which, at some far-off point in our evolution, we once all understood each other.
Though the Bible does not say so explicitly, the traditional Judeo-Christian understanding of this episode in Genesis has it that the Ursprache of mankind at Babel was Hebrew.
Daselbst scheint sie aber auf der Seite der Befurworter fur eine dynamische Abhandlung des Begriffs der Ursprache zu stehen (S.
Winner Collects a Cash Award and Spelling Ace(R) Award After Correctly Spelling Ursprache
When this word was borrowed from Chinese into any of the Altaic languages, and/or, at the earliest period, into either the original Altaic Ursprache or some still largely undifferentiated linguistic entity resembling that of Ursprache, it would of course have been a form or forms close in shape to (1) that would have been taken over.