acrolect

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acro- (tip; peak) +‎ -lect, coined by William Alexander Stewart in 1965.

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acrolect (plural acrolects)

  1. (sociolinguistics) The variety of speech that is considered most suitable for formal occasions (typically using only standard forms).
    Coordinate terms: mesolect, basilect
    • 1994, Michael Montgomery, The Crucible of Carolina, University of Georgia Press (→ISBN), page 60:
      In one dimension change is directed toward the acrolect, the “typical” change in the creole continuum.
    • 2013, Allan Bell, The Guidebook to Sociolinguistics, John Wiley & Sons (→ISBN), page 83:
      At the other end of the continuum is the most standard speech, the acrolect. In between is a gradient of forms with many successive levels, the mesolects.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English acrolect.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌaː.kroːˈlɛkt/
  • Hyphenation: acro‧lect
  • Rhymes: -ɛkt

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acrolect n (plural acrolecten, diminutive acrolectje n)

  1. the acrolect; the high-prestige register of a language, mainly used in formal settings
    Antonym: basilect