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2019-02-18

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Justina Diaz-Legaspe

ABSTRACT

Although there seems to be an agreement on what slurs are, many authors diverge when it comes to classify some words as such. Hence, many debates would benefit from a technical definition of this term that would allow scholars to clearly distinguish what counts as a slur and what not. Although the paper offers different definitions of the term in order to allow the reader to choose her favorite, I claim that ‘slurs’ is the name given to a grammatical category, and I consequently trace a difference in kind between slurs and other kinds of group pejoratives. I rely on a novel approach to slurs that characterizes them based on their membership to a particular kind of register category, an often neglected sociolinguistic notion determining the social contexts in which registered terms are expected, tolerated or unacceptable. The paper also points out to the close link between words registered as [+derogatory] (slurs) and their usage in the context of dominance relations of different kinds between users and recipients of slurs. By pointing out to this link I hope to underscore the political significance of slur usage, as well as to contribute further to the explanation why slurs are so damaging and unacceptable in most social contexts. More... »

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References to SciGraph publications

  • 2012-07. A puzzle about pejoratives in PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES
  • 2015-04. What kind of a mistake is it to use a slur? in PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES
  • 2018-11. Slurs, roles and power in PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES
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