For Bakhtin, heteroglossia "permits a multiplicity of social voices and and wide variety of their links and interrelationships (always more or less dialogized)" (269). As Gregory Clark explains, heteroglossia is "the authentic pluralism of language that people actually experience, a pluralism that demonstrates the complex and inevitable interactive exchange of utterance and understanding..." (Clark 13). Heteroglossia is a place where "centripetal and centrifugal forces collide" (Bakhtin 428).

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