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mesolect

Syllabification: mes·o·lect
Pronunciation: /ˈmezəˌlekt, ˈmesə-, ˈmēzə-, ˈmēsə-
 
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Definition of mesolect in English:

noun

(Relative to the acrolect and the basilect) an intermediate dialect or variety of a particular language (used especially in the study of Creoles).
Example sentences
  • Sociolinguists have created such terms as acrolect, mesolect, and basilect from the root element of dialect.
  • The terms ‘basilect’, ‘mesolect’, and ‘acrolect’ are used to describe the range of varieties often found after creolization.
  • The speech of the poor and less educated is similar to the mesolect in nearby countries.

Derivatives

mesolectal

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Pronunciation: /ˌmezəˈlektəl, ˌmesə-, ˌmēzə-, ˌmēsə-/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The primary mesolectal diatype, however, is German, which also dominates in the acrolect.
  • Please note that most of the spelling follows mesolectal orthography, or English-based approximations, which do not represent the true sounds, so be careful in adopting them.
  • So, some of the population speak a Creole variety, others speak a mesolectal variety which simply put, involves systematic use of some Creole and non-Creole features, and then others speak a standard variety.

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