Proto-Indo-European is the reconstructed language of a real people who lived in a real place at a real time in history. It is the ancestral language from which all members of the Indo-European family of languages descend. The first person to recognize the relationships between Indo-European languages (based on comparison of Greek, Latin and Sanskrit) was Sir William Jones in 1786.
- Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture, edited by James P. Mallory and Douglas Q. Adams; Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997; "Proto-Indo-European", pp. 458-470.
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