glottophagy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French glottophagie, coined by Louis-Jean Calvet.

Noun[edit]

glottophagy (uncountable)

  1. (rare) The absorption or replacement of minor languages or dialects by major ones.
    • 1993, Kenneth Hyltenstam, Åke Viberg, Progression and regression in language (page 28)
      One scientist's language spread is another's glottophagy. There are a number of partly overlapping perspectives, which can be regarded as concerned primarily with progression or regression.