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acrolect Syllabification: ac·ro·lect
Pronunciation: /ˈakrəˌlekt/

Definition of acrolect in English:


The most prestigious dialect or variety of a particular language (used especially in the study of Creoles). Compare with basilect, mesolect.
Example sentences
  • In Belize the basilect is what we call ‘broad Kriol’, the acrolect could be called Belizean English.
  • The acrolect is often European, reflecting the history of colonization, but this is not always the case.
  • Basilects and acrolects require some form, but mesolects require none.


1960s: from Greek akron 'summit' + -lect as in dialect.



Pronunciation: /akrəˈlektl/
Example sentences
  • They are arranged along a post-creole continuum which has acrolectal (those varieties closest to the superstrate) at one end and basilectal (those varieties furthest from it) at the other.
  • This study focuses on the loan terms which occur in both this basic form and its acrolectal counterpart.
  • Even within noun morphology, acrolectal features are in most cases counterbalanced by a wider occurrence of basi-and mesolectal features, especially as for the personal pronoun system.

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