Slurring Terms Across Languages (STAL)

October 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024

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Institut Jean Nicod
University of Warsaw

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Slurring Terms Across Languages (STAL) is an international and interdisciplinary network whose primary aim is to promote work on slurs, pejoratives, and evaluative and expressive terms in general, 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. Its main aim is to bring to light new empirical data and uncover novel interesting phenomena that may have the potential to challenge current theories. Empirical studies of the expressions mentioned from such languages, comparisons with English slurs, as well as wider cross-linguistic approaches are welcome. We also welcome developments of extant theories in application to the new data or previously neglected phenomena.

The network's coordinators are Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean Nicod/CNRS) & Dan Zeman (Slovak Academy of Sciences/University of Warsaw). More information about the network and its activities can be found at

We organize a regular monthy SEMINAR (see details under the "Seminar" section of the website) and an annual WORKSHOP (see details under the "Workshops" section of the website.

IMPORTANT: We are currently accepting new members! To become a member of STAL, please send an email to both coordinators with a short description of your work in the area and your motivation for joining the network.

Contact: [email protected] and [email protected].

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