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Definitions

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  • noun linguistics The mechanism of language change by which one language replaces much or all of its lexicon with that of another language.

Etymologies

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relexify +‎ -ation

Examples

  • They look at language change from different linguistic angles, i.e. the system internal change of morphological structure and the change of the communicative function by partial relexification.

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  • According to Lutz, the (partial) relexification of English at the end of the Middle Ages was a more important change of the communicative system than the much earlier loss of inflections and the grammatical changes this entailed (Lutz 2002: 161).

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  • e.g., "I am très impressed" incorporates relexification of the French "très" into English.

    July 9, 2008