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Heteroglossia in text-messaging: performing identity and negotiating relationships in a digital space

Tagg, Caroline (2016). Heteroglossia in text-messaging: performing identity and negotiating relationships in a digital space. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 20(1) pp. 59–85.

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Abstract

This article uses Bakhtin's concept of heteroglossia to explore how linguistic repertoires are exploited in the performance of identity and management of relationships through text-messaging. The study focuses on text-messages sent and received by ‘Laura’, a middle-class woman who has returned from university to her family home in rural England. Qualitative analysis of Laura's texted exchanges, informed by quantitative corpus data and ethnographic interview, details the role of heteroglossia as Laura and her interlocutors position themselves in relation to each other and negotiate differences in gender, class, education, past experience, and personal aspiration. The study shows how heteroglossia can emerge even in interactions between individuals from similar backgrounds with largely shared language resources, and highlights the need for sociolinguistic studies of linguistic repertoire to consider the part that digitally-mediated linguistic resources play in individuals’ wider identity projects.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN: 1467-9841
Keywords: corpus linguistics; ethnography; heteroglossia; linguistic repertoire; text-messaging
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > English Language & Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Language & Literacies
Item ID: 45699
Depositing User: Caroline Tagg
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 09:49
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 14:17
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/45699
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