from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The loss of creole features in an original creole language as the result of contact with a major international language that was one of its ancestors.
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- n. The process of decreolizing.
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Yet, among Dillard's citations are two articles of my own ( "Continuity and Change in American Negro Dialects" and "Historical and Structural Bases for the Recognition of Negro Dialect") in which I demonstrate that these present-day differences between Gullah and other forms of Black English must be of rather recent origin — a result of the relatively greater decreolization which the original plantation creole underwent outside Gullah territory.
And the reason why decreolization was so slow in coming to Gullah speech was clearly their greater isolation — a factor which Spears would have his readers believe we creolists have never recognized.
Over the succeeding centuries, this language has undergone a process of decreolization for obvious reasons.