Ursprache

Ursprache

[oor-shprah-khuh; German oor-shprah-khuh]
noun
a hypothetically reconstructed parent language, as Proto-Germanic, the ancestor of the Germanic languages.

Origin:
< German, equivalent to ur- ur-3 + Sprache speech

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Ursprache (ˈuːrʃpraːxə)
 
n
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
 
[from ur- primeval, original + Sprache language]

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