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Proto-Indo-Aryan (sometimes Proto-Indic) is the reconstructed proto-language of the Indo-Aryan languages of South Asia. It is intended to reconstruct the language of the Proto-Indo-Aryans. It is descended from Proto-Indo-Iranian and Proto-Indo-European. It is a Satem language.
Proto-Indo-Aryan is meant to be the predecessor of Old Indo-Aryan (1500 – 300 BCE) which is directly attested as Vedic and Classical Sanskrit. Indeed, Vedic Sanskrit is very close to Proto-Indo-Aryan, as it is the Vedas, the foundational texts of Hinduism.
The Prakrits are also similar to Proto-Indo-Aryan.
Today, several Modern Indo-Aryan languages are extant.
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- see e.g. Radhakrishnan & Moore 1957, p. 3; Witzel, Michael, "Vedas and Upaniṣads", in: Flood 2003, p. 68; MacDonell 2004, pp. 29–39; Sanskrit literature (2003) in Philip's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2007-08-09