Definition of sociolect in English:



  • The dialect of a particular social class.

    • ‘Ideology is firmly embedded in political manifestos, in genderlects, in sociolects with nothing put across as transparently as it seems.’
    • ‘A basic premise is that inequalities in society will be reflected in the distribution of social dialects (also called sociolects).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course there were different sociolects (as well as dialects) in early Australia.’
    regional language, local language, local tongue, local speech, local parlance, variety of language
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1970s: from socio- + -lect as in dialect.