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A language that is the recorded or hypothetical ancestor of another language or group of languages. Also called Ursprache.
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1. (Linguistics) an extinct and unrecorded language reconstructed by comparison of its recorded or living descendants. Also called: Ursprache
2. (Historical Terms) an extinct and unrecorded language reconstructed by comparison of its recorded or living descendants. Also called: Ursprache
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pro•to•lan•guage(ˈproʊ toʊˌlæŋ gwɪdʒ)
the reconstructed or postulated parent form of a language or a group of related languages.
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