Heteroglossia

Judith Baxter

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Abstract

Heteroglossia refers to Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of multiple speech practices that operate within a community or social group at any given historical moment. Most communities are characterized by heteroglossia in that they comprise a range of languages, discourses, voices, and viewpoints that continuously compete for authority and power. This article identifies the philosophical background of heteroglossia, its various alternative forms and versions, key related concepts, and examples of research studies that have developed the original concept.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe international encyclopaedia of language and social interaction
EditorsKaren Tracy, Cornelia Ilie, Todd Sandel
Place of PublicationBoston (US)
PublisherWiley
Pages734-745
Number of pages12
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-118-61146-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-118-61110-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2015

Publication series

NameICAZ - Wiley Blackwell-ICA International Encyclopedias of Communication

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Keywords

  • voices
  • discourses
  • power
  • language
  • poststructuralism

Cite this

Baxter, J. (2015). Heteroglossia. In K. Tracy, C. Ilie, & T. Sandel (Eds.), The international encyclopaedia of language and social interaction (Vol. 2, pp. 734-745). (ICAZ - Wiley Blackwell-ICA International Encyclopedias of Communication). Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118611463.wbielsi082