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- The process of decreolizing.
1989, Ofelia García & Ricardo Otheguy, English across cultures, cultures across English, ISBN 3110118114, page 277:
- At some point in the decreolization process, however, xenolectal structures become masked by surface-structure mimicry of the matrilect, so that the apparent degree of xenolecticity of the evolving mimolect drops below the real level, as represented by the crossover of A-B and C-D.
1990, Edward Herman Bendix, The Uses of Linguistics - Volume 583, ISBN 0897665899, page 43:
- In the process, as substantial numbers of black speakers underwent decreolization, their decreolized speech, although technically a mimolect, would have much of the surface form and therefore social status of a true matrilect, and would itself then serve as an additional model for those speakers futher behind in the decreolization process.