relexify

relexify

[ree-lek-suh-fahy]
verb (used with object), relexified, relexifying. Linguistics.
to replace the vocabulary of (a language, especially a pidgin) with words drawn from another language, without changing the grammatical structure.

Origin:
1960–65; re- + lexi(con) + -fy

relexification, noun
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