Definition of acrolect in English:


Line breaks: acro|lect
Pronunciation: /ˈakrə(ʊ)lɛkt


  • The most prestigious dialect or variety of a particular language. Contrasted with basilect.
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


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

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