Racial epithets: What we say and mean by them

Dialogue 51:34-45 (2008)
Abstract
Racial epithets are terms used to characterize people on the basis of their race, and are often used to harm the people that they target. But what do racial epithets mean, and how do they work to harm in the way that they do? In this essay I set out to answer these questions by offering a pragmatic view of racial epithets, while contrasting my position with Christopher Hom's semantic view.
Keywords racial epithets  racial slurs  slurs  metaphor  racism  racial language  racial thought  pragmatics  Hom  Camp
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