from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the process of a pidgin rapidly expanding its vocabulary and grammatical rules, ultimately becoming a creole.
  • n. of Indo-Trinidadians, the process of assimilation into the dominant Creole culture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The development of characteristics of a creole race.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Creole + -ize + -ation


  • It is also possible that a diasporic population will display "creolization" -- the incorporation of new cultural elements into the mix of its practices, values, and meanings.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • The point in question is in my essay on "creolization" in the Encyclopedia, which is limited to discussing the language and culture of the Gullah-speaking people of the South Carolina and Georgia coasts.

    Speaking Southern

  • If you think about the natural evolution of, for example, a “pidgin” language which then undergoes a process of “creolization” as its role slowly changes from a “lingua franca” used by speakers of two communities to the main vehicle of communication amongst a community of speakers, then you may see that this flattening-out so to speak of cultural peculiarities follows naturally from the participation of speakers from different cultures in its development.

    “Who CARES what English people have for breakfast?” My contribution to the culture debate… « Ken Wilson's Blog

  • Middle English shows all the typical signs of creolization and so a number of oddities appear and internal logic disappears.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Hisself, My Son, and a Thought About Prescriptivism:

  • Though in 1805, America may not yet have been completely deprived of its alterity, the process of creolization was well under way, and the white creole populations of Spanish America, with the help of

    The Allure of the Same: Robert Southey's Welsh Indians and the Rhetoric of Good Colonialism

  • That is to say, whether it was a light contact or whether it was an "intensive" contact one shade removed from creolization.

    Semitic and IE in the Neolithic: How intensive was the language contact?

  • Moreover, they argue, since creole languages all tend to be elaborated in the same ways, and since they all respect the constraints of UG, the phenomenon of creolization also supports the idea that the inborn contribution to language acquisition is not just some general drive for an effective system of communication, but rather knowledge of linguistic universals.

    Innateness and Language

  • According to the ˜superstratist™ hypothesis, creolization occurs not when children acquire language from pidgins, but when successive waves of adult speakers try to learn the language of the dominant culture as a second language.

    Innateness and Language

  • Pinker claims that ISN provides another example of creolization and the workings of the innate language faculty: it is

    Innateness and Language

  • “Language acquisition and creolization”, Language Creation and Language Change:

    Innateness and Language


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.