Slurring Terms Across Languages (STAL-2023)

June 7, 2023 - June 8, 2023
Institut Jean Nicod, École Normale Supérieure

29 rue d'Ulm

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Institut Jean Nicod
University of Warsaw

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Slurring terms across languages (STAL-2023) is an international and interdisciplinary workshop whose primary aim is to gather work on slurs from languages that have been seldom discussed in the recent philosophical and semantic literature, and in particular, from sign languages and non-Indo-European languages. It aims to bring to light new empirical data and uncover novel interesting phenomena that may have the potential to challenge current theories of slurs. The workshop focuses on theoretical and empirical studies of slurs from such languages, comparisons with English slurs, wider cross-linguistic approaches, as well as developments of extant theories in application to the new data or previously neglected phenomena.

Topics: slurs, pejoratives, crosslinguistic data, derogatory speech



10:45-11:00 Welcome

11:00-11:50 Alex Davies, Fred Gregor Rahuoja, Kadi Raal and Anett Pärismaa (University of Tartu), “An Anti-Immigrant Slur in Soviet Occupied Estonia”

11:50-12:10 Break

12:10-13:00 Nursulu Sagimbayeva (Saarland University), “Understanding the Kazakh 'Mambet': Meaning, Usage, and Prospects for Reclamation”

13:00-15:00 Lunch break

15:00-15:40 Filippo Domaneschi (University of Genoa) & Camilo Rodriguez Ronderos (University of Oslo), “Anticipating the F***ing Referent: An Eye-tracking Study on the Role of Italian Expressive Adjectives During Sentence Comprehension”

15:40-16:20 Esben Nedenskov Petersen (University of Southern Denmark), “Multimorphemic Danish Slurs with Negative Expressives: A Conventional Implicature Account”

16:20-16:40 Break

16:40-17:20 Chang Liu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), “Slurs and Lexical Silencing in Chinese”

17:20-18:00 Jonathan Ginzburg (Paris Cité University) and Mihaela Popa-Wyatt (University of Manchester), "Slurs and Mocking Laughter: A Unified Account via Interactional History"

18:00-18:20 Break

18:20-19:00 Bianca Cepollaro (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele), Simone Sulpizio (University of Milano-Bicocca), Claudia Bianchi (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele) and Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean Nicod), “Slurs in Quarantine”


11:00-11:50 Robin Jeshion (University of South California), “Owning It: An Expressionist Analysis of Reclamation”

11:50-12:10 Break

12:10-13:00 Miguel Rodríguez-Mondoñedo and Alexandra Arnaiz (Pontifical Catholic University of Peru), “Insults, Slurs, and Expletives in Peruvian Sign Language”

13:00-15:00 Lunch break

15:00-15:50 Gerhard Schaden and Luca Gasparri (University of Lille), “Slurring without Nouns”

15:50-16:10 Break

16:10-17:00 Una Stojnic (Princeton University) and Ernie Lepore (Rutgers University), “Slurring Articulations”

Scientific Committee

Heather Burnett (CNRS/University of Paris)

Bianca Cepollaro (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele)

Filippo Domaneschi (University of Genoa)

Elsi Kaiser (University of Southern California)

Natalia Karczewska (University of Warsaw)

Jeremy Kuhn (Institut Jean Nicod)

Chang Liu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

Elin McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University)

Eleonora Orlando (University of Buenos Aires)

Camilo Rodriguez Ronderos (Universoity of Oslo)

Andrés Saab (SADAF/University of Buenos Aires)

Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean Nicod)

Dan Zeman (University of Warsaw)

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The conference will be held at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, 29 rue d'Ulm, Paris, France (salle Théodule Ribot), with the entrance on 24 rue Lhomond. Participation is free, but registration is mandatory (


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