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Subject: CLF: Dr Roberto Sileo, this Thursday 15 February 4PM
Date: 2018-02-12 10:29
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  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 PĂ©rez & Calbert Graham


        * Dr. Roberto B. Sileo (University of Cambridge) [1]
        * 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

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 [4] series.

Tell a friend about this talk:


        * Cambridge Forum of Science and Humanities [5]
        * Cambridge Language Sciences [6]
        * Cambridge Linguistics Forum [4]
        * English Faculty Lecture Room GR-06/07, 9 West Road, Sidgwick Site.
        * Guy Emerson's list [7]
        * Language Sciences for Graduate Students [8]

[1] http://talks.cam.ac.uk/user/show/29909
[2] http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/82855
[3] http://talks.cam.ac.uk/user/show/18609
[4] http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/82852
[5] http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/47312
[6] http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/34176
[7] http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/21330
[8] 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. 

Available from January 2016 from Oxford University Press: K.M. 
Jaszczolt, Meaning in Linguistic Interaction: Semantics, Metasemantics, 
Philosophy of Language

Available in paperback from May 2015 from Cambridge University Press: K. 
Allan and K.M. Jaszczolt (eds), Cambridge Handbook of Pragmatics 

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