It's Not What You Said, It's the Way You Said It: Slurs and Conventional Implicatures

Analytic Philosophy 54 (3):364-377 (2013)
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Daniel Whiting
University of Southampton
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In this paper, I defend against a number of criticisms an account of slurs, according to which the same semantic content is expressed in the use of a slur as is expressed in the use of its neutral counterpart, while in addition the use of a slur conventionally implicates a negative, derogatory attitude. Along the way, I criticise competing accounts of the semantics and pragmatics of slurs, namely, Hom's 'combinatorial externalism' and Anderson and Lepore's 'prohibitionism'
Keywords slurs  pejoratives  implicature
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DOI 10.1111/phib.12024
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