[ oor-shprah-khuh; German oor-shprah-khuh ]
/ ˈʊərˌʃprɑ xə; German ˈurˌʃprɑ xə /
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a hypothetically reconstructed parent language, as Proto-Germanic, the ancestor of the Germanic languages.
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Origin of Ursprache
<German, equivalent to ur-ur-3 + Sprache speech
Words nearby Ursprache
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British Dictionary definitions for Ursprache
/ German (ˈuːrʃpraːxə) /
any hypothetical extinct and unrecorded language reconstructed from groups of related recorded languages. For example, Germanic is an Ursprache reconstructed by comparison of English, Dutch, German, the Scandinavian languages, and Gothic; Indo-European is an Ursprache reconstructed by comparison of the Germanic group, Latin, Sanskrit, etc
Word Origin for Ursprache
from ur- primeval, original + Sprache language
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