basilectal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From basilect +‎ -al.

Adjective[edit]

basilectal (not comparable)

  1. (linguistics) of, or relating to a basilect
    • 1985, Nessa Wolfson & ‎Joan Manes, Language of Inequality, ISBN 3110099462, page 158:
      I prepared the three Matched Guise samples myself, controlling the forms carefully to represent basilectal, mesolectal, and acrolectal levels of usage.
    • 1996, James E. Alatis, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, ISBN 1589018532:
      It is tremendously important to study basilectal speech, but this valorization process has had some unfortunate byproducts.
    • 2014, Kathryn Batchelor, Decolonizing Translation, ISBN 1317641132:
      While the use of basilectal French in colonial novels serves principally to depict the linguistic realities of interaction between colonial rulers and their subjects during the colonial era, the inclusion of basilectal French in novels set in the post-independence era generally functions to provide information on the social or educational status of a character.