Baxter, Judith (2015). Heteroglossia. IN: The international encyclopaedia of language and social interaction. Tracy, Karen; Ilie, Cornelia and Sandel, Todd (eds) ICAZ - Wiley Blackwell-ICA International Encyclopedias of Communication, 2 . Boston (US): Wiley.


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.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118611463.wbielsi082
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > English Language
Languages & Social Sciences > English Language research group
Uncontrolled Keywords: voices,discourses,power,language,poststructuralism
Published Date: 2015-05-27


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