Unformatted text preview: lacks prestige by mainstream de®nitions). Allan
Bell, following the literary theorist Bakhtin, puts this under the heading of
`stylization' ± taking on a voice which is recognizably dierent from one's
`normal' or `expected' voice (Bell 1997: 248).
The creative deployment of varied linguistic resources may also be manifested
in linguistic behaviour that is not crossing, but rather involves some mixing of
elements from dierent sources. Penelope Eckert suggests: `The construction of a
style is a process of bricolage: a stylistic agent appropriates resources from a
broad sociolinguistic landscape, recombining them to make a distinctive style'
(1996: 3). `Style' in Eckert's usage can be a verb as well as a noun: the `stylistic
agent' who draws on the meanings made available by linguistic variation and
combines these into a distinctive way of speaking can be seen as `styling' her/
himself. Eckert's particular interest is in the self-styling undertaken by adolescents and pre-adolescents as they experiment with various possible positionings
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