In Lefebvre and Lumsden (1994a), it is proposed that the functional-category lexical entries of the copied lexicon are relabelled on the basis of major-category lexical items of the superstratum language and that the distributional properties of the superstratum form must be similar to those of the copied lexical entry.
In Lefebvre and Lumsden (1989a, 1994a, 1994b; see also Lefebvre 1998: 10, 30-41), it is claimed that, in creole genesis, the process of relexification is used by speakers of the substratum languages as a tool for acquiring a second language, the superstratum language.
Relexification of several lexicons on the basis of a single superstratum language provides the early creole community with a common vocabulary.
In the scenario of creole genesis presented in Lumsden and Lefebvre (1994c), relexification applies when the speakers of the substratum languages are targeting the superstratum language.
This lingua franca was needed to permit communication not only between the speakers of the substratum languages and those of the superstratum language, but also between the speakers of the substratum languages themselves (see e.
So, the variety of French the creators of Haitian creole were exposed to provided the superstratum material on which Haitian creole was formed.
In Lefebvre (1998:163-167), it is hypothesized that these speakers looked for a form in the superstratum language to relabel the -dee anaphor of their lexicon.
The phonological forms are obviously derived from the superstratum language.
In this paper, I have shown that relexification of various substratum lexicons on the basis of a single superstratum language provides the speakers of the early creole community with a common vocabulary.