LINGUIST List 30.1727

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Confs: Sociolinguistics/Germany

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Date: 16-Apr-2019
From: Philipp Striedl <>
Subject: Sex, Death and Politics - Taboos in Language
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Sex, Death and Politics - Taboos in Language

Date: 29-Oct-2019 - 31-Oct-2019
Location: Munich, Germany
Contact: Philipp Striedl
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

26th LIPP Symposium at LMU Munich

Every community has words and expressions they consider taboo, and these include terms denoting humans, objects, processes, conditions or activities deemed unmentionable. Taboo language is used both to avoid the controversial in an effort to be polite and to deliberately evoke it as an insult or joke. The current movement of political correctness deems certain terms for marginalized populations outdated and taboo. Linguistic strategies like euphemism are then employed to create appropriate alternatives. These taboo terms remain in use, often to intentionally cause offense. Entire communicative situations can also be restricted or marked as taboo, requiring the use of specific language varieties, like mother-in-law language. Investigations into the origins of taboos, their linguistic structure, cultural context and effects on a languageā€™s lexicon, structure and evolution continue to fascinate researchers as old taboos are destroyed, new ones arise and the process repeats.

The symposium will take place from October 29 to October 31, 2019, and will offer a forum to present and discuss original research investigating taboos in language.

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