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  • n. The earliest form of the Greek language, the common ancestor of the Greek dialects, including Mycenean and the classical Greek dialects, spoken by the ancestors of the Greeks even before they settled in Greece around 2000 BC.


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From proto- + Greek.


  • In the alphabets of several Greek cities of Anatolia, there occurs a character Ͳ used to spell the common reflex of Proto-Greek *k⁽ʷ⁾⁽ʰ⁾y, *t⁽ʰ⁾ + y and *tw.

    Archive 2010-06-01

  • Sure it'd be insane to reconstruct that form for anything earlier than Proto-Greek.

    Missing honey

  • But I do wonder how Proto-Greek came up with this form.

    Missing honey

  • The devoicing of aspirates dates to Proto-Greek preceding the 2nd millenium BCE.

    Rhaetic inscriptions Schum PU 1 and Schum CE 1

  • Something similar happened in Proto-Greek, e.g. baino:

    More comedy with the purported Etruscan name Ruifri

  • Mycenaean Greek, the language of palace administration as recorded in the Linear B tablets, was clearly Greek, not Proto-Greek, by 1450 BCE, the date of the oldest preserved inscriptions.

    Atlas Shrugs

  • In most cases, they dealt with words and functional elements, creating what are called reconstructions in hypothetical family prototypes called, variously, Proto-Latin, Proto-Greek, Proto-Germanic,

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 3


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