Dialogic Relations

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The Bakhtin Reader: Selected Writings of Bakhtin, Medvedev and Voloshinov, edited by Pam Morris. London: Arnold Publishers, 1994.

  • Dialogic relationships are absolutely impossible without logical relationships or relationships oriented toward a referential object, but they are not reducible to them, and they are their own specific character. (p. 184)
  • As we have already said, logical and semantically referential relationships, in order to become dialogic, must be embodied, that is, the must enter another sphere of existence: they must become discourse, that is, an utterance and receive and author, that is, a creator, of the given utterance whose position it expresses. (p. 184)
  • Dialogic relationships are possible not only among whole (relatively whole) utterances; a dialogic approach is possible toward any signifying part of an utterance, even toward an individual world, if that word is perceived not as the impersonal word of langauge but as a sign of someone else's semantic position, as the representative of another person's utterance; that is, if we hear in it someone else's voice. (p. 184)
  • ...dialogic relationships are also possible toward one's own utterance as a whole, toward its separate parts and toward an individual word within it, if we somehow detach ourselves from them, speak them with an inner reservation, if we observe a certain distance from them, as if limiting our own authorship or dividing it in two. (p. 184)

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