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proto- +‎ language

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proto-language (countable and uncountable, plural proto-languages)

  1. (linguistics) A language which is reconstructed by examining similarities in existing languages to try to deduce what a common ancestor language, no longer known, would have been like.
  2. (linguistics) The early utterances produced by an infant before it acquires true language.

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