LINGUIST List 31.475

Sat Feb 01 2020

Confs: Socioling, Philosophy of Lang/Germany

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Date: 30-Jan-2020
From: Mihaela Popa-Wyatt <>
Subject: Modeling Oppressive Speech/Norms and Social Meaning
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Modeling Oppressive Speech/Norms and Social Meaning

Date: 23-Mar-2020 - 24-Mar-2020
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact: Mihaela Popa-Wyatt
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

Workshop: Modelling Oppressive Speech/Norms & Social Meaning
23-24 March 2020, ZAS Berlin

Oppressive speech harms its targets. The rise of hate speech in social media and politics vividly illustrates this. This workshop will study how oppressive speech harms. Topics include: the mechanisms through which oppressive utterance causes harm; how oppressive speech shifts norms; what motivates speakers to use such speech; why others comply with the resulting harmful norms; and what needs to change to eradicate these harmful norms. We also focus on relevant aspects of social meaning such as intra-speaker variation, e.g. that oppressive language has different effects depending on who the speaker and hearer are (in-group vs. out-group, etc.).

Stephen Barker (University of Nottingham)
David Beaver (University of Texas)
Laura Caponetto (University of Pavia)
Anton Benz (ZAS-Berlin)
Christoph Hesse (ZAS-Berlin)
Elin McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University)
Mary Kate McGowan (Wellesley College)
David Pietraszewski (MPI-Berlin)
Mihaela Popa-Wyatt (ZAS-Berlin)
Uli Sauerland (ZAS-Berlin)
Stephanie Solt (ZAS-Berlin)
Lynne Tirrell (University of Connecticut)

Mihaela Popa-Wyatt, Anton Benz, Stephanie Solt

Website & Registration by 9 March

The source project: the Marie Scklowdoska-Curie Action “How Language is Used to Oppress” (HaLO). This event is sponsored by the Society for Applied Philosophy, DFG, XPrag. We gratefully acknowledge their support.

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