from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The Indo-European language family considered from the viewpoint that Proto-Indo-European as traditionally reconstructed is the sister and not the ancestor of Anatolian.
- n. The hypothetical parent language of Indo-European and Anatolian.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. a hypothetical language family where the Anatolian languages and the Indo-European languages are separate branches
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the family of languages that by 1000 BC were spoken throughout Europe and in parts of southwestern and southern Asia
Sorry, no etymologies found.
My Indo-Europeanist instincts immediately try to connect it with the stem *mer- 'to die' or Indo-Hittite 'to disappear'.
Brian, the "Indo-Hittite" concept (that Hittite split off early from a family that only later became Indo-European) is passed from the scene with the (untimely) death of Warren Cowgill.
Having studied with Cowgill, I'll probably never get Indo-Hittite out of my head.
Look for Southern Anatolian and Northern Anatolian as separate Indo-European Dialects and Antolian as a late linguistic Zone in Greater Anatolian and the Indo-Hittite Family, ed.
That is to say, beside Indo-European and Indo-Hittite, there must have existed an Indo-Slurvian.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.