Definition of protolanguage in English:

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protolanguage

Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊtəʊˌlaŋɡwɪdʒ/

noun

A hypothetical lost parent language from which actual languages are derived.
Example sentences
  • His possible answer to this is that ‘the socio-cultural transition from protolanguages to modern languages took 60,000 years; but this seems unlikely in the light of modern evidence from creolization’ .
  • Here we have to turn to notions of exaptation, for language is a unique aptitude that doesn't seem to have emerged from protolanguage, and certainly did not do so directly.
  • From a linguistic perspective, any protolanguage would be merely embryonic.

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