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Thursday, January 13, 2011

creolize

\KREE-uh-lahyz\ , verb;
1.
To combine local and foreign elements into a new, distinct whole.
2.
To render a pidgin into a distinct, spoken language.
Quotes:
To fuse - creolized - these styles (Greco-Roman, Renaissance, American Modernist, and Pre-Columbian), it is implied, is the task of the Caribbean architect.
-- Christopher Winks, Symbolic cities in Caribbean literature
He embodies the reluctance to surrender his Indian heritage and the refusal to creolized his identity.
-- Véronique Bragard, Transoceanic Dialogues: Coolitude in Caribbean and Indian Ocean Narratives
Origin:
Creolize is a verb alteration of creole, which derives from the Spanish criollo, "a person native to a locality."
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