superstratum

[soo-per-strey-tuh m, -strat-uh m, soo-per-strey-tuh m, -strat-uh m]
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noun, plural su·per·stra·ta [soo-per-strey-tuh, -strat-uh, soo-per-strey-tuh, -strat-uh] /ˈsu pərˌstreɪ tə, -ˌstræt ə, ˌsu pərˈstreɪ tə, -ˈstræt ə/, su·per·stra·tums.
  1. an overlying stratum or layer.
  2. Historical Linguistics. a set of features of a language traceable to the influence of a language formerly spoken within the same society by a dominant group: English has a Norman-French superstratum.
Compare substratum.

Origin of superstratum

1800–10; super- + stratum; cf. substratum
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superstratum

noun plural -ta (-tə) or -tums
  1. geology a layer or stratum overlying another layer or similar structure
  2. linguistics the language of a conquering or colonizing population as it supplants that of an indigenous population, as for example French and English in the CaribbeanCompare substratum (def. 8)
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