American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A set of similar dialects constituting any of the larger distinct regional varieties of a language. For example, Mandarin Chinese is a topolect that includes the dialects of Beijing and Nanjing, and is distinct from Hakka, another topolect of Chinese.
- topo- + (dia)lect (translation of Chinese (Mandarin) fāngyán, regional speech : fāng, place + yán, language). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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