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The variety of speech that is most remote from the prestige variety, especially in an area where a creole is spoken. For example, in Jamaica, Jamaican Creole is the basilect whereas Standard Jamaican English is the acrolect or prestige language.

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(in a region where creole is or has been spoken) the dialect closest to that creole and furthest removed from the most prestigious dialect (the acrolect) of the region
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basilects and rural dialects-continues to appear in abundance.
However, Youssef states in her conclusion that she observed a trend toward a community preference for the mesolect, away both from basilects and acrolects.
Just as the early eighteenth century Moravian missionaries, in the Danish West Indies, inadvertently created a written Church Creole different from the oral original, in the next generation or two, I expect to see the development of a number of written "University Creoles" growing out of the difference between the oral basilects of the folk and the written mesolects of literate intellectuals.