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Slurs: How Pragmatics and Semantics Affect Ethics


Blečić, Martina
Slurs: How Pragmatics and Semantics Affect Ethics // A Word which Bears a Sword / Miščević, Nenad ; Perhat, Julija (ur.).
Hrvatski Leskovac: Kruzak, 2016. str. 203-227


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Naslov
Slurs: How Pragmatics and Semantics Affect Ethics

Autori
Blečić, Martina

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Poglavlja u knjigama, ostalo

Knjiga
A Word which Bears a Sword

Urednik/ci
Miščević, Nenad ; Perhat, Julija

Izdavač
Kruzak

Grad
Hrvatski Leskovac

Godina
2016

Raspon stranica
203-227

ISBN
9789536463978

Ključne riječi
Slurs, pejoratives, hate speech, pragmatics, ethics

Sažetak
In this paper I tried to propose an approach to the question whether the derogation carried by slurs is part of their semantic core or if it is just a pragmatic addition to it which is focused on the variability of slurring words. Slurs often come into existence by the evolution of previously existing word forms of different meaning, and often the slur will continue its development towards a neutral meaning, as is exemplified by the phenomenon of re- appropriation. During the evolution of slurs, the linguistic change that leads to the birth of a slur, as a word that yields derogation and to its death, that is, its use a non-derogatory word, speakers and hearers use and interpret them in different ways. With a novel use, both negative and neutral, the pragmatic meaning can, at least in theory, be cancelled. In that way the speaker can distance himself from the established semantic meaning of the word. Once the words starts shifting more and more into semantics the cancellation will no longer be an option.All these elements have an impact on the ethical side of the analysis of pejoratives. If a word is derogatory at its semantic level there will be no possibility for the speaker to cancel the negative message he conveyed. But, nevertheless, there is always the possibility to use the word pragmatically in a neutral or even positive way. In this case additional contextual information should be available to the hearer in order for him to infer the real message of the speaker. The possibility of misunderstanding is always present and the hearer could get offended, but we should not prohibit neutral pragmatic uses of slurs since this would impede their development towards a neutral semantic meaning. For the same reason neutral uses should not be restricted to in-group members.

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Filozofija



POVEZANOST RADA


Ustanove:
Filozofski fakultet, Rijeka

Profili:

Avatar Url Martina Blečić (autor)


Citiraj ovu publikaciju:

Blečić, Martina
Slurs: How Pragmatics and Semantics Affect Ethics // A Word which Bears a Sword / Miščević, Nenad ; Perhat, Julija (ur.).
Hrvatski Leskovac: Kruzak, 2016. str. 203-227
Blečić, M. (2016) Slurs: How Pragmatics and Semantics Affect Ethics. U: Miščević, N. & Perhat, J. (ur.) A Word which Bears a Sword. Hrvatski Leskovac, Kruzak, str. 203-227.
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