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Allan bell following the literary theorist bakhtin

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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 di€erent 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 di€erent 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 within their...
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