noun Etymology: acr- + -lect (as in dialect) Date: 1964 the language variety of a speech community closest to the standard or prestige form of a language

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  • acrolect — UK [ˈækrəʊlekt] / US [ˈækroʊˌlekt] noun [countable] Word forms acrolect : singular acrolect plural acrolects linguistics a dialect (= way of speaking a language) that is considered better than all others …   English dictionary

  • acrolect — acrolectal, adj. /ak reuh lekt /, n. Ling. the variety of language in a creole continuum that approximates most closely the standard variety of a major international language, as the English spoken in Guyana or Jamaica. Cf. basilect, mesolect.… …   Universalium

  • acrolect — noun The variety of speech that is considered the standard form …   Wiktionary

  • acrolect — [ akrə(ʊ)lɛkt] noun Linguistics the most prestigious dialect or variety of a language. Contrasted with basilect. Derivatives acrolectal adjective Origin 1960s: from Gk akron summit + lect as in dialect …   English new terms dictionary

  • acrolect — ac·ro·lect …   English syllables

  • acrolect — ac•ro•lect [[t]ˈæk rəˌlɛkt[/t]] n. ling. a variety of a language, esp. a creolized one, that is closest to the standard form of the language on which it is based • Etymology: 1960–65; acro + (dia) lect ac ro•lec′tal, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • acrolect — /ˈækrəlɛkt/ (say akruhlekt) noun the social dialect of a given language which is judged to be most prestigious. Compare basilect. {acro + lect} –acrolectal /ækrəˈlɛktəl/ (say akruh lektuhl), adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • acrolect — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Post-creole speech continuum — Due to the relationship between a creole language and its superstrate language, that is, a language that is very closely related and whose speakers assert social, political, and economic dominance over speakers of said creole language, a post… …   Wikipedia

  • Post-creole continuum — The Post creole continuum or simply creole continuum refers to a situation wherein a creole language consists of a spectrum of varieties between those most and least similar to the superstrate language (that is, a closely related language whose… …   Wikipedia

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