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The process whereby a pidgin language becomes a creole language. decreolization n. A process whereby speakers of a creole language, co-existing in a community with a standard language that is associated with higher status, prestige, and wealth, come under social pressure to alter their speech in the direction of the standard. hypercreolization n. A reaction by creole speakers against the standard language of a community, motivated by a desire to protect and maintain their ethnic identity, involving the deliberate adoption and emphasis of distinctive features of the creole. See also Black English Vernacular.

Subjects: Psychology.

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