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protolanguage

[proh-toh-lang-gwij] /ˈproʊ toʊˌlæŋ gwɪdʒ/
noun, Linguistics.
1.
the reconstructed or postulated parent form of a language or a group of related languages.
Origin of protolanguage
1945-1950
First recorded in 1945-50; proto- + language
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protolanguage

/ˌprəʊtəʊˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ/
noun
1.
an extinct and unrecorded language reconstructed by comparison of its recorded or living descendants Also called Ursprache
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