protolanguage

[ proh-toh-lang-gwij ]
/ ˈproʊ toʊˌlæŋ gwɪdʒ /

noun Linguistics.

the reconstructed or postulated parent form of a language or a group of related languages.

Nearby words

  1. protogenic,
  2. protogeometric,
  3. protogynous,
  4. protohistory,
  5. protohuman,
  6. protolithic,
  7. protolog,
  8. protomartyr,
  9. protomorphic,
  10. proton

Origin of protolanguage

First recorded in 1945–50; proto- + language

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British Dictionary definitions for protolanguage

protolanguage

/ (ˌprəʊtəʊˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ) /

noun

an extinct and unrecorded language reconstructed by comparison of its recorded or living descendantsAlso called: Ursprache
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