decreolization love


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.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XXIII No 4


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