祖語

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Chinese[edit]

ancestor; forefather; grandparents
 
speech; language; dialect
speech; language; dialect; tell to
trad. (祖語)
simp. (祖语)

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

祖語

  1. (linguistics) proto-language

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 5

Grade: 2
on’yomi

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Chinese 祖語 (MC t͡suoX ŋɨʌX, literally “ancestor + words, language”).

Noun[edit]

祖語(そご) (sogo

  1. (Buddhism) the words of the founder of a particular sect

Etymology 2[edit]

Japanese Wikipedia has an article on:
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Appears to be a repurposing of the earlier Buddhist term as a calque of English proto-language.

Noun[edit]

祖語(そご) (sogo

  1. (linguistics) a proto-language from which later daughter languages evolve
    Synonym: 母語 (bogo) (uncommon)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  • 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan