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heteroglossia Line breaks: het¦ero|glos¦sia
Pronunciation: /ˌhɛtərəʊˈɡlɒsɪə/

Definition of heteroglossia in English:


[mass noun]
The presence of two or more expressed viewpoints in a text or other artistic work.
Example sentences
  • Oreo displays Ross's appreciation for the diverse influences that contribute to America's cultural heterogeneity and its linguistic heteroglossia.
  • In the seminal essay ‘Discourse in the Novel,’ Mikhail Bakhtin introduces the concept of heteroglossia as a way of ordering the linguistic play and confusion of the English comic novel.
  • Movies are a mode whose elastic form, by turns comic, ironic, and parodic, can tolerate heteroglossia that would wreck more narrowly defined forms.


Example sentences
  • As she does so, Ross also shares with her reader the difficult choices the author confronts as she attempts to represent the diversity of her characters' speech and to create a heteroglossic novel.
  • The heteroglossic and dialogical sketches created by Langston Hughes are essentially dialogues.
  • We can only conclude then that the refracted intent of this heteroglossic and multi-voiced dialogue is to further a positive interaction between African American and white through evoking a common past.


1980s: from hetero- + Greek glōssa 'tongue, language' + -ia1.

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