['basɪlɛkt, 'beɪsɪ-]
noun Linguistics a less prestigious dialect or variety of a language. Contrasted with acrolect.
basilectal -'lɛkt(ə)l adjective
1960s: from basis + -lect as in dialect.

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  • basilect — UK [ˈbæzɪlekt] / US [ˈbæzɪˌlekt] noun [countable] Word forms basilect : singular basilect plural basilects linguistics a dialect (= way of speaking a language) that is considered lower in status than other dialects …   English dictionary

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