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basilect Line breaks: basi|lect
Pronunciation: /ˈbasɪlɛkt/

Definition of basilect in English:


A less prestigious dialect or variety of a particular language. Often contrasted with acrolect.
Example sentences
  • At this time the great majority of people in the community were speakers primarily of this basilect.
  • Some like the basilect and some like the acrolect.
  • English would be the acrolect while Jamaican would be the basilect.


Pronunciation: /basɪˈlɛkt(ə)l/ /beɪsɪˈlɛkt(ə)l/
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.
  • Furthermore, labels such as rare, historical, rural and basilectal help to categorize the items.
  • The article focuses on the basilectal features of the oldest speaker and considers how such features became stigmatized.


1960s: from basis + -lect as in dialect.

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