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Ursprache

[oo r-shprah-khuh; German oor-shprah-khuh] /ˈʊərˌʃprɑ xə; German ˈurˌʃprɑ xə/
noun
1.
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/
noun
1.
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
from ur- primeval, original + Sprache language
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Word Origin and History for Ursprache

ursprache

n.

1908, from German Ursprache, from ur- (see ur-) + sprache "speech" (see speech).

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