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The reconstructed prehistoric ancestor of the Germanic languages.
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(Languages) the prehistoric unrecorded language that was the ancestor of all Germanic languages
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(ˌproʊ toʊ dʒərˈmæn ɪk)

the unattested prehistoric parent language of the Germanic languages.
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The word 'Moon' is derived from 'Mona' (Old English), which stems from 'Meno' (Proto-Germanic).
Their topics include beyond narrative: on the syntax and semantics of ly-adverbs, presentatives and the syntactic encoding of contextual information, locality and the functional sequence in the left periphery, Germanic verb particle variation, medial noun phrase adjuncts in English, a diachronic perspective, and Gothic sai and the proto-Germanic verb-based discourse particle *se.
Many sources trace its origins back to the Proto-Germanic "kunton" with similar words appearing in Old Norse, Old Frisian, Old Dutch and Middle Low German.
Unlike many of our Yankee brethren, who can be particular about their chowders and who are likely to wince at calling a quahog a clam, Floridians have not adapted the quahog nomenclature, preferring instead simply "clam," a term that derives from both Old English and Proto-Germanic terms clamm or klam which meant "to squeeze together" and which is remarkably easier to say on the dock after a six pack than is quahog.
The word blessing comes from the Proto-Germanic blodison, meaning "to hallow or mark with blood." Blessings, like other prayers, replaced animal sacrifices in the Jewish temple as a way of expressing thanks to God.
2013, Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic, Leiden (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series 11).
Among dubious stems 8 stems have an alternative loan etymology, of these 5 may be loans from PIE: nidu-(ma) 'to connect', pese-(ma) 'to wash', sang 'handle', sidu-(ma) 'to bind', sore 'of large grains', 1 from Proto-Indo-Iranian: sinine 'blue' , 1 from Proto-Baltic: lepp 'alder', 1 from Proto-Germanic: vahe 'few'.
The more innocent by-products of this kind of racial thinking include the reconstruction of proto-Germanic and Indo-European languages and the rediscovery (in the West) of the great Sanskrit scriptures.
Elsewhere I have argued that there was a series of preglottalized stops in Proto-Germanic and that all obstruents were voiceless here in recent prehistoric times (e.g.
From there we can proceed to Proto-Germanic, Gothic, and Old English sources; the latter include tacen, or "mark, sign" (as in modern "token").
For instance, there must really have been a human population that spoke something very like the Proto-Germanic reconstructed by historical linguists; it is logically necessary for the present-day Germanic languages to have evolved in the way they did.