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The variety of speech that is closest to a standard prestige language, especially in an area in which a creole is spoken. For example, Standard Jamaican English is the acrolect where Jamaican Creole is spoken.

ac′ro·lec′tal adj.


the most standard form of language


(ˈæk rəˌlɛkt)

a variety of a language, esp. a creolized one, that is closest to the standard form of the language on which it is based.
[1960–65; acro- + (dia) lect]
ac`ro•lec′tal, adj.
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However, Youssef states in her conclusion that she observed a trend toward a community preference for the mesolect, away both from basilects and acrolects.
Ulrike Gut's narrow focus on relativization strategies in professionals' speech ("Relative Markers in Spoken Standard Jamaican English") presents a view of an acrolect that seems to draw from written English, and is thus sometimes more formal than the Standard English norm (for example in its exclusion of the widespread 'that' relative pronoun).
The outer circle of the model is important in terms of the varieties of English where acrolects showing little differences from the colonial English represent different identities.
In support of his point, the author discusses normative standards of the language versus basi-, meso- and acrolects.