Definition of sociolect in US English:



  • The dialect of a particular social class.

    • ‘A basic premise is that inequalities in society will be reflected in the distribution of social dialects (also called sociolects).’
    • ‘Of course there were different sociolects (as well as dialects) in early Australia.’
    • ‘In those situations, you were nearly always talking about sociolects, and I saw my job as expanding my pupils' command of the various sociolects in the UK, rather than as criticising the particular sociolect they used most of the time.’
    • ‘That is, the poem's significance depends on the reader bringing to the text knowledge of the sociolect and of literary traditions that will uncover its initially hidden meanings.’
    • ‘Ideology is firmly embedded in political manifestos, in genderlects, in sociolects with nothing put across as transparently as it seems.’
    regional language, local language, local tongue, local speech, local parlance, variety of language
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1970s: from socio- + -lect as in dialect.