Heteroglossia Definition

hĕtə-rō-glôsē-ə, -glŏs-
The existence, within a society or literary description of a society, of many varieties of a single language, such as regional dialects and varieties associated with class and gender, that are acted upon by social forces that compete to assimilate the varieties to a standard or to maintain or increase differentiation among them.
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Origin of Heteroglossia

  • hetero– Greek glōssa tongue, language; (translation of Russian raznorečie) (raznyĭ different, various) (reč’ speech) (-ie abstract n. suff)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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