The language or speech of a particular place, such as a country, region, village, or valley, especially:
- Any of the Sinitic languages, such as Mandarin or Cantonese.
- Any of the regional and local varieties of one of the Sinitic languages, such one of the dialects of Mandarin.
Origin of topolect
- topo– (dia)lect (translation of Chinese (Mandarin) fāngyán regional speech) (fāng place) (yán language)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition