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I am trying to understand the precise meaning of the expression "within and across". I understand the meaning of both words but struggle to understand the whole phrase. If, for example, we talk about a study of pronunciation "within and across languages" - does it mean that we study this issue "within" particular languages as well as attempt to compare the pronunciation of different languages? "Within" is the easy bit, "across" seems a little blurred. The sentence I need to translate relates to choreography: "contemporary choreography grapples with a multiplicity of patternings within and across bodies and "messy" practicies". Does "across" refer to the space/relation among bodies and practicies? Or it's just a meaningless addition really?
Thank you for your reply. I'm afraid there are quite a few lines in the text that don't make much sens to me either. How ironic by the way, to use the expression "messy practice" in a sentence that itself is so horribly unclear. Funny.
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