from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The variety of speech that is most remote from the prestige variety, especially in an area where a creole is spoken. For example, in Jamaica, Jamaican Creole is the basilect whereas Standard Jamaican English is the acrolect or prestige language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A variety of a language that has diverged greatly from the standard form.


basi- + (dia)lect.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From basi- +‎ lect. (Wiktionary)


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