Language Dynamics in Close Quarters: The Function of Pejorative Nicknames
Víctor Carranza-Pinedo (University of Münster)

May 21, 2024, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

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Institut Jean Nicod
University of Warsaw

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The Slurring Terms Across Languages (STAL) network ( invites you to a talk by Víctor Carranza-Pinedo (University of Münster) entitled "Language Dynamics in Close Quarters: The Function of Pejorative Nicknames". The talk will take place online on MAY 21, 14:30-16:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST), and is part of the of STAL network seminar series. If you want to participate, please write to [email protected] for the Zoom link. Below you can find the abstract.

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This presentation focuses on pejorative nicknames, in particular within closely-knit social settings such as villages, households, and schools. Drawing from ethnological and psychological studies on nicknaming and name-calling practices, the presentation aims at showing the shared functional and structural attributes between pejorative nicknames and slurs. Through an examination of the control mechanisms embedded in both phenomena, this exploration suggests that pejorative nicknames serve as tools to foster intra-groups hierarchies, mirroring the role of slurs within a smaller scale. By doing so, this presentation aims at directing attention on how linguistic dynamics within smaller speech-act communities can enhance our comprehension of the derogatory impact of slurs in more intricate social contexts.

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May 21, 2024, 2:00pm UTC

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