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  1. Pre-Indo-European languages

    The Pre-Indo-European languages are any of several ancient languages, not necessarily related to one another, that existed in Prehistoric Europe, Asia Minor, Ancient Iran and Southern Asia before the arrival of speakers of Indo-European languages. The oldest Indo-European language texts are Hittite and date from the 19th century BC in Kültepe (modern eastern Turkey), and while estimates vary widely, the spoken Indo-European languages are believed to have developed at the latest by the 3rd millennium BC (see Proto-Indo-European Urheimat hypotheses). Thus, the Pre-Indo-European languages must have developed earlier than or, in some cases, alongside the Indo-European languages that ultimately displaced almost all of them.A handful of the pre-Indo-European languages still survive; in Europe, Basque retains a localised strength, with fewer than a million native speakers, but the Dravidian languages remain very widespread in the Indian subcontinent, with over 200 million native speakers (the four major languages being Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam). Some of the pre-Indo-European languages are attested only as linguistic substrates in Indo-European languages. In much of Western Asia the pre-Indo-European Semitic languages and Language Isolates were never supplanted by Indo-European with the exception of modern Iran and swathes of Turkey.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pre-indo-european languages in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pre-indo-european languages in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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    irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn
    A lacerate
    B bristly
    C pecuniary
    D lank

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