-------- Original Message -------- Subject: CLF: Dr Roberto Sileo, this Thursday 15 February 4PM Date: 2018-02-12 10:29 From: Cambridge Linguistics Forum <mml...@hermes.cam.ac.uk> To: dtal-st...@lists.cam.ac.uk, mml-faculty-off...@lists.cam.ac.uk, dtal-tues...@lists.cam.ac.uk
Dear all Just a kindly reminder that this week the Cambridge Linguistics Forum has the pleasure to host a recent graduate of the Linguistics Section, Dr Roberto Sileo. Please find info on the talk at the Cam talks link below (also available on our web page: http://www.ling.cam.ac.uk/clf/). As indicated below, this talk will take place this Thursday 15 February at 4-5.30pm, in the English Faculty Building, GR-06/07 (ground floor). All welcome! Best wishes, Ana Pérez & Calbert Graham THE SEMANTICS AND PRAGMATICS OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC LANGUAGE: TOWARDS A COMPREHENSIVE RADICAL CONTEXTUAL ACCOUNT * Dr. Roberto B. Sileo (University of Cambridge)  * Thursday 15 February 2018, 16:00-17:30 * English Faculty Lecture Room GR-06/07, 9 West Road, Sidgwick Site. . If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Calbert Graham . While racial and ethnic slurs are primarily used by bigots to derogate and/or offend individuals that they despise, they can also be used by members of a certain ethnicity group, for example, to communicate self-appropriated messages of camaraderie. While it is widely acknowledged that slurs can convey either deprecating or friendly messages in various contexts of utterance, the debate continues as to whether slurring meaning is to be pinned down either in semantic (sentence-based) or in pragmatic (context-based) terms. In my search for a cognitively real theory of slurring natural language, I identify context-specific and context-free aspects of slurring meaning, look for a comprehensive theory which can account for slurring language in use, and construct a theoretical representation of slurring language processing. I argue, by extending the scope of application of Jaszczolt's (2005, 2010, 2016) Default Semantics, that speakers' main intended and successfully communicated messages (primary meanings) are to constitute the object of study of a psychologically real account of slurring language interpretation, and I propose, based on the claim that slurs comprise a descriptive race, ethnicity and/or nationality-determined aspect of meaning and a flexible (but default) derogatory and/or offensive layer of expressiveness, that both descriptiveness and expressiveness are apt to contribute to primary meanings, the extent of such a contribution varying from context to context. The shift from an analysis of lexical items or fully contextually determined understandings to an analysis of the meanings that speakers intend to communicate and that hearers actually recover yields an account of slurring language in which the semantic/pragmatic distinction loses its now long-standing predominance. It is a balanced interaction between language and context that leads to slurring primary meanings. This talk is part of the Cambridge Linguistics Forum  series. Tell a friend about this talk: THIS TALK IS INCLUDED IN THESE LISTS: * Cambridge Forum of Science and Humanities  * Cambridge Language Sciences  * Cambridge Linguistics Forum  * English Faculty Lecture Room GR-06/07, 9 West Road, Sidgwick Site.  * Guy Emerson's list  * Language Sciences for Graduate Students  Links: ------  http://talks.cam.ac.uk/user/show/29909  http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/82855  http://talks.cam.ac.uk/user/show/18609  http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/82852  http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/47312  http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/34176  http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/21330  http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/55942 -- Kasia M. Jaszczolt, D.Phil. (Oxon), PhD (Cantab), MAE, Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, MML, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA. Professorial Fellow and Director of Studies in Linguistics, Newnham College, Cambridge CB3 9DA, United Kingdom. http://people.pwf.cam.ac.uk/~kmj21 https://cambridge.academia.edu/KasiaJaszczolt Available from January 2016 from Oxford University Press: K.M. Jaszczolt, Meaning in Linguistic Interaction: Semantics, Metasemantics, Philosophy of Language https://global.oup.com/academic/product/meaning-in-linguistic-interaction-9780199602469?cc=gb&lang=en& Available in paperback from May 2015 from Cambridge University Press: K. Allan and K.M. Jaszczolt (eds), Cambridge Handbook of Pragmatics http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/semantics-and-pragmatics/cambridge-handbook-pragmatics _____________________________________________________ To unsubscribe from the CamPhilEvents mailing list, or change your membership options, please visit the list information page: http://bit.ly/CamPhilEvents List archive: http://bit.ly/CamPhilEventsArchive Please note that CamPhilEvents doesn't accept email attachments. See the list information page for further details and suggested alternatives.