protolanguage

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pro·to·lan·guage

 (prō′tō-lăng′gwĭj)
n.
A language that is the recorded or hypothetical ancestor of another language or group of languages. Also called Ursprache.

protolanguage

(ˌprəʊtəʊˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ)
n
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

pro•to•lan•guage

(ˈproʊ toʊˌlæŋ gwɪdʒ)

n.
the reconstructed or postulated parent form of a language or a group of related languages.
[1945–50]
Translations
kantakieli
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The syntax in human language today was made possible by our ancestors' long use of symbolic protolanguages. Genes and culture coevolved to reorganize the human brain.
Furthermore, languages or protolanguages may link with specific singing styles because of the inherent traits of the shortest transitory speech elements.
Reconstructed words for species are indicative of their substantial significance to speakers of protolanguages. The approach, then, has the potential to contribute to the discussion of the antiquity of coconut in Panama by comparing words for the species in genetically related modern languages spoken there and in adjacent areas.
(116) Deacon, The Symbolic Species; Aiello, "The Foundations of Human Language"; Donald, "Preconditions for the Evolution of Protolanguages."