Definition of mesolect in US English:



  • (relative to the acrolect and the basilect) an intermediate dialect or variety of a particular language (used especially in the study of Creoles).

    • ‘Also, the mesolect itself covers a wide range of forms as will also become apparent in the empirical sections of this paper.’
    • ‘The least prestigious (most Creole) variety is called the basilect; the Standard variety the acrolect; and in-between versions are known as mesolects.’
    • ‘The terms ‘basilect’, ‘mesolect’, and ‘acrolect’ are used to describe the range of varieties often found after creolization.’
    • ‘Includes standard dialects, nonstandard dialects, idiolects (distinctive of an individual), acrolects (prestigious dialects), basilects (stigmatized dialects), mesolects (dialects neutral as to prestige).’
    • ‘Basilects and acrolects require some form, but mesolects require none.’
    • ‘Most of our contributions focus upon the mesolects, the middle ranges which in most Creole-speaking societies are used most widely.’
    • ‘The mesolect represents the numerous confused variations which basilect speakers produce when trying to produce the acrolect.’
    • ‘This compass of overlapping dialects and languages is understood, by some, to run down from the acrolect through mesolects and on to the basilect or, to put it another way, the deep form of the Creole.’
    • ‘A toddler-controlled visual fixation preference procedure was used to test the toddlers’ listening preferences between familiar vs. unfamiliar word lists in their native dialect and an unfamiliar, phonetically-differing nonnative dialect (mesolect Jamaican English).’
    • ‘In other words, everyone in a community can understand and employ the basilect but not everyone is comfortable with all the mesolects, much less the acrolect’
    • ‘The mesolect form of Brazilian Vernacular (that is, the one used in the speech of middle class Brazilians) is the form of Brazilian Portuguese language taught at American universities.’
    • ‘There exist a basilect (concentration of stigmatized forms), an acrolect (the maximum occurrence of prestige variants), and the mesolect (the actual performance).’
    • ‘The speech of the poor and less educated is similar to the mesolect in nearby countries.’
    • ‘Sociolinguists have created such terms as acrolect, mesolect, and basilect from the root element of dialect.’
    • ‘The two languages sometimes criss-cross and blend to give an in-between speech known as the mesolect.’
    • ‘From a sociological perspective, it is interesting that Tobagonians and Trinidadians understand one another in the mesolect, but that Trinidadians do not understand Tobagonians when the latter speak the basilect.’
    • ‘I will present how Jamaican mesolects differ from other sociolects and finally compare them with General American English.’
    • ‘However, the name Creole Formation was selected because we seek to combine the best of music's acrolects, mesolects, and basilects (jazz, classical, and rock) to form a new, interesting mix of music.’
    • ‘She further delves into strategies of L2 language acquisition, the mesolect, rather than the acrolect, eventually becomes the standard medium of communication.’
    • ‘There is a middle ground of Creole that is increasingly influenced by English, known as the mesolect; the Creole that preserves the most traditional forms is known as the basilect, and Standard English is referred to as the acrolect.’