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sociolect Line breaks: socio|lect
Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊʃɪə(ʊ)lɛkt/ /ˈsəʊsɪə(ʊ)lɛkt/

Definition of sociolect in English:


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.


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

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