protolanguage

[proh-toh-lang-gwij]
noun Linguistics.
the reconstructed or postulated parent form of a language or a group of related languages.

Origin:
1945–50; proto- + language

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protolanguage (ˌprəʊtəʊˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ)
 
n
Also called: Ursprache an extinct and unrecorded language reconstructed by comparison of its recorded or living descendants

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Protolanguage has no way of saying who did what to whom, not without an enormous effort.
By another, all conjuncts are participles in the protolanguage.
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