protolanguage

noun
pro·​to·​lan·​guage | \ ˈprō-tō-ˌlaŋ-gwij How to pronounce protolanguage (audio) \

Definition of protolanguage

: an assumed or recorded ancestral language

First Known Use of protolanguage

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Protolanguage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protolanguage. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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