Slurring Terms Across Languages (STAL-2024)

May 16, 2024 - May 17, 2024
Department of Analytic Philosophy, Slovak Academy of Sciences

Klemensova 19

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Institut Jean Nicod
University of Warsaw

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Slurring Terms Across Languages (STAL-2024) 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. We search for theoretical and empirical studies of slurs from such languages, comparisons with English slurs, as well as wider cross-linguistic approaches. We also welcome developments of extant theories in application to the new data or previously neglected phenomena.

Program Committee

Bianca Cepollaro (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele); Filippo Domaneschi (University of Genoa); Leopold Hess (Jagiellonian University); 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 (CONICET/University of Buenos Aires); Andrés Saab (SADAF/University of Buenos Aires).

Organizing committee

The workshop is organized by Isidora Stojanovic (CNRS/Institut Jean Nicod) and Dan Zeman (SLovak Acamdey of Sciences), and is part of the activities of the STAL Network (  



14.45-15.00 Welcome

15.00-15.45 Nils Franzén (Umeå University) and Katharina Felka (University of Graz), "Slurs, Thick Terms and Secondary Content"

Chair: Dan Zeman (Slovak Academy of Sciences)

15.50-16.35 Alba Moreno Zurita and Sergio Guerra (University of Granada), "Paying the Costs: On (Not) Reporting a Slur"

Chair: Dan Zeman (Slovak Academy of Sciences)

16.35-17.00 Break

17.00-17.45 David Eduardo Torres (Trinity College Dublin), "'P*de!' An Ordinary Language Analysis of an Estonian Slur"

Chair: Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean Nicod)

17.50-18.35 Zu Jusińska (University of Warsaw), "Linguistic Practices of Polish Non-binary Speakers: Neuter Grammatical Gender as Reclamation or Innovation?"

Chair: Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean Nicod)


10.15-11.00 Julija Perhat (University of Rijeka), "Slurs as Embodiment of Identiy Prejudice"

Chair: Dan Zeman (Slovak Academy of Sciences)

11.00-11.30 Break

11.30-12.15: Tomas Koblizek (Czech Academy of Sciences), "Offensive Expressions in Czech: Current Data and Future Research"

Chair: Dan Zeman (Slovak Academy of Sciences)

12.20-13.05: Esben Nedenskov Petersen (University of Southern Denmark), "Two Slurs, Two Different Histories of Use"

Chair: Dan Zeman (Slovak Academy of Sciences)

13.05-15.00 Lunch break

15.00-15.45 Rachel McCullough (Bolante.NET) and Daniel Drylie (Old Dominion University), "'U mad goy?': A Corpus Analysis of the Use of Yiddish Slurs and Pejoratives in Online Extremist Spaces"

Chair: Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean Nicod)

15.50-16.35 Jordan Bridges (Rutgers University), "Offensive Odors"

Chair: Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean Nicod)


The conference will be held at the Institute of Philosophy, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Klemensova 19, 811 09 Bratislava. Bratislava is easy to reach by plane from all major cities in Europe. It has it own airport, and is also very close to Vienna International Airport, connection with which is assured by regular buses (length of trip: approx. 1 hour).


All questions about the workshop should be emailed to [email protected].

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