Theme 4: Oppressive Practices & Norms: Speech Acts, Conversational Dynamics

March 24, 2021 - March 26, 2021
Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft and University of Potsdam



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Speech can be used to change societies in bad ways. It supports institutional oppression, establishes new oppressive norms, silences opponents, spreads disinformation and propagates feelings of hate. Online communities magnify the effects of individual speech acts. This workshop series, comprising five meetings, will dive into five different aspects of oppressive speech. We’ll look at social norms and institutions, silencing and free speech, social meaning, norm-shifting and disinformation. We’ll bring several tools and perspectives from linguistics, social modelling, and philosophy, including game theory, semantics/pragmatics and speech act theory. We’ll seek answers to how oppressive speech works and how to defend against it. 

Theme 1: Social Norms & Institutions: Game Theory (3-4 Dec)
Theme 2: Silencing, Speaking up & Free Speech (28-29 Jan)
Theme 3: Social Meaning & Semantics/Pragmatics (18-19 Feb)
Theme 4: Norms & Practices: Speech Acts & Conversational Dynamics (24-26 Mar)
Theme 5: Disinformation, Epistemic Vices & Online Harm (6-7 May)

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Wednesday, 24 March

Manfred Krifka

Nicholas Asher & Julie Hunter

Stephen Barker

Janice Dowell

David Beaver & Jason Stanley

Thursday, 25 March

Laura Caponetto

Jonathan Ginsburg & Mihaela Popa-Wyatt

Elisabeth Camp

Mary Kate McGowan

Gillian Russell

Friday, 26 March

Lucy McDonald

Lauren Ashwell

Amanda Kathleen McMullen

Lynne Tirrell

Robin Jeshion

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March 23, 2021, 2:00pm CET

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