Definition of sociolect in English:

Share this entry

sociolect

Pronunciation: /ˈsōsēōˌlekt/

noun

The dialect of a particular social class.
Example sentences
  • A basic premise is that inequalities in society will be reflected in the distribution of social dialects (also called sociolects).
  • Ideology is firmly embedded in political manifestos, in genderlects, in sociolects with nothing put across as transparently as it seems.
  • That is, the poem's significance depends on the reader bringing to the text knowledge of the sociolect and of literary traditions that will uncover its initially hidden meanings.

Origin

1970s: from socio- + -lect as in dialect.

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.