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  • n. the coexistence of distinct varieties within a single linguistic code


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  • Most of the mouth-filling terms he coined – dialogism, double-voicedness, chronotope, heteroglossia, multi-accentuality – have passed into the lexicon of contemporary criticism.

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  • The two dialogic conflicts in this passage correspond to the twin varieties of heteroglossia.

    Mark Twain's Languages

  • As Bakhtin uses it, heteroglossia is a term not susceptible of easy definition.

    Mark Twain's Languages

  • As we move into the twentieth century, and as we turn to the works of Mark Twain, we encounter two formulations of linguistic variety, heteroglossia and cacophony, that minimize or deny underlying unity.

    Mark Twain's Languages

  • At times heteroglossia nearly pushes upward from the substructure of Twain's fiction to become an overt theme.

    Mark Twain's Languages

  • He also conducted nearly 100 interviews with musicians and writers and presents their memories and views, some of them clashing, in hopes that "a useful story might be realized out of the many voices heard in this book, the maelstrom of heteroglossia in which we nervously tread water."

    The Chicago Blog

  • Theories of Language The process of centralization and decentralization, of unification and disunification, intersect in the utterance; the utterance not only answers the requirements of its own language as an individualized embodiment of a speech act, but it answers the requirements of heteroglossia as well; it is in fact an active participant in such speech diversity.

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  • The goons put on baseball caps and started talking like Ph.D. s about the heteroglossia of the shitheap.

    Pioneers of Alienation and 50s Sci-Fi at Thing Street Asylum


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  • see David Foster Wallace's "The Infinite Jest"

    April 5, 2007

  • see Virginia Woolf's 'The Waves'.

    March 20, 2007