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Definition of the noun Acrolect

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noun - plural: acrolects

  1. [linguistics] The variety of speech that is considered the standard form.


Acrolect: An acrolect is a register of a spoken language that is considered formal and high-style.

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Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (2016)

by Simon Blackburn

An acrolect is a variety associated with prestige (e.g. BBC English); a basilect is the reverse; dialect is regional variation, and genderlect is difference of speech based on the gender of either speaker or hearer. An idiolect is a personal dialect.

Google previewThe Routledge Companion to Sociolinguistics (2007)

by Carmen Llamas, Louise Mullany, Peter Stockwell

is also whether the acrolect is a separate language from the creole, commonly identified primarily with the basilect. Due to space ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2014)

by Bas Aarts, Sylvia Chalker, Edmund Weiner

acrolect Sociolinguistics. 1. A term used to describe varieties of a language in a *creole continuum. Specifically, in a particular community the acrolect is the variety that is nearest to the standard. Compare ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Varieties of English (2013)

by Raymond Hickey

The acrolect usually ...

Google previewThe Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (2007)

by P.H. Matthews

acrolect Variety of a language which, of a series of varieties spoken predominantly at different social levels, has the highest prestige or is closest to a ...

Google previewLinguistics Encyclopedia (2004)

by Kirsten Malmkjaer

:continue almost without change,as appears tobe the case for Haitian Creole; becomeextinct; evolvefurther intoa normal language; graduallymerge withits acrolect through a ...

Google previewLongman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (2013)

by Jack C. Richards, Richard W. Schmidt

speech defect English medium education is frequently called the acrolect. The basilect is the sub-variety used by those with rather low levels of education and the mesolects are the sub-varieties in between. Naturally there are no clear-cut ...

Google previewRoutledge Dictionary of Language and Linguistics (2006)

by Hadumod Bussmann

phonetics acquired dyslexia => alexia acquired language disorder => language disorder acquisition/learning hypothesis approach natural acrolect Term introduced by Bickerton (1975) to designate the local variety of standard English found in ...

Google previewDictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics (2011)

by David Crystal

falling between ACROLECT and BASILECT. Because of the range of variation covered ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Psychology (2015)

by Andrew M. Colman

The least prestigious variety of a language within a speech community, or the variety furthest away from the *acrolect. See also dialect, idiolect, lect. Compare acrolect, mesolect. [From Greek basis bottom + legein to speak] Baskerville effect n.

Google previewNew American Roget's College Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (Revised &Updated) (2002)

by Philip D. Morehead

pig or dog Latin, pidgin English, bĂȘche-de-mer, creole, acrolect, basilect; Esperanto, Ito, ...

Google previewRandom House Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2008)

by Random House

suspect, transect, trisect; acrolect, architect, basilect, birth defect, circumspect, deselect, dialect, disaffect, disconnect, disinfect, disrespect, found object, genuflect, imperfect, incorrect, indirect, intellect, interject, intersect, introject, introspect, ...

Google previewDictionary of Jargon (Routledge Revivals) (2013)

by Jonathon Green

acrolect n [Literary criticism] the most prestigious dialect used in a given language.

Google previewThe Routledge Linguistics Encyclopedia (2009)

by Kirsten Malmkjaer

continue almost without change, as appears to be the case for Haitian Creole; become extinct; evolve further into a normal language; gradually merge with its acrolect through ...

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