Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-lect

A variety within a language.

[The second element of dialect.]

The base term, dialect (Greek dialektos, discourse, way of speaking), is the form of a language which is peculiar to a specific region or social group. Other words have been derived from it, including acrolect (Greek akron, summit), the most prestigious dialect or variety of a particular language; idiolect (Greek idios, own, distinct), the speech habits peculiar to a particular person; and sociolect (Latin socius, companion), the dialect of a particular social class.

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