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As acrolect the designated Strataforschung with the highest Prestige excellent form a language which most with the standard or high-level language is identical.

The term is derived from the Greek ἄκρον akron “tip” and the Greek λέγω legō “speak / say”. It was introduced in 1965 by William Stewart as an antithesis to Basilekt , and incorporated by Derek Bickerton in the early 1970s to explain the phenomenon of code switching , i.e. H. the abrupt change between a Creole language and a standard language - in this case English. As a middle form between acrolect and basilect, Bickerton also introduced the term mesolect .


  • Derek Bickerton: Dynamics of a creole system. Cambridge 1975.

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