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- noun linguistics The mechanism of language change by which one
languagereplaces much or all of its lexiconwith that of another language.
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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.
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).