Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See protolanguage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A proto-language.

Etymologies

German : ur-, original (from Middle High German, out of, from Old High German; see ud- in Indo-European roots) + Sprache, language, speech (from Middle High German sprāche, from Old High German sprāhha).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
German, from ur- + Sprache ("language"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Katharine ( "Kerry") Close won the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the German word "Ursprache."

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  • S. O'BRIEN: How do you get to "Ursprache," because that's at the end?

    CNN Transcript Jun 2, 2006

  • As inspired by Ursprache, here's a wonderful idea for a performance/conceptual poetry project that, if I had time, I'd actually want to do:

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  • M. O'BRIEN: Boy, I like the way you said that, Ursprache.

    CNN Transcript Jun 2, 2006

  • Chomsky is the man who, with the publication of a single set of lecture notes in 1957, transformed the study of language from an old-fashioned habit of collecting and comparing different languages—sometimes looking for an Ursprache, a mythic mother tongue from which all languages are descended—to the very cutting edge of cognitive psychology.

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  • It seems only natural that once an original language, or Ursprache, was posited, the next step was to speculate on its source, or Urheimat.

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  • KATHARINE CLOSE, SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE WINNER: Ursprache.

    CNN Transcript Jun 2, 2006

  • As translators, we are picky about our spelling and writing skills, so I always enjoy watching the kids spell words like autochthonous, Ursprache and – last year’s winning word – guerdon.

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  • Ursprache (Spelled in 2006 by Kerry Close, sponsored by the Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune, Asbury Park, New Jersey)

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