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RESUMO / ABSTRACT. This work discusses the powers of code choice in reported speech (RS) to build conversational alliances and interactional control, and to index broader sociolinguistic aspects. Data come from today's highly ideologized context of language institutionalization in bilingual Galiza (Spain). The paper focuses on code displacement in RS, or the non-isomorphic attribution of code choices to characters as contrasted with their observed or expected behaviors. It is argued that the efficacy of code displacement rests on its intended iconicity, by which reporters attempt to create an ideologized possible world where characters behave discursively in a believable manner. Audiences, in turn, retrieve the meanings of code choices in RS through implicatures based on their linguistic ideologies and local theories about the connections between language behavior and social identification. Within this power-based process of intention/interpretation, RS becomes a creative resource for managing conversational alliances and sequentially controlling talk. In this sense, it is argued that RS tactics in Galiza reflect the broader struggle to conquer the symbolic value of the languages in conflict. Finally, it is suggested that the forms and limitations of members' metapragmatic awareness about the creative powers of RS may be connected to the forms and scope of language ideologization in society.


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