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Bolinger, Dwight. 1988. Reiconization. World Englishes 7 (3) : 2–242.
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Reiconization refers to the process of reanalysis in which a meaningless or semantically opaque item is replaced by a new item with a transparent meaning. When the replaced (deiconized) item combines with other items to form a larger expression, the effect of reiconization is to maintain or restore the original meaning of the larger expression.