This chapter applies the Theory of Bias to derogatory (xenophobic, etc.) slurs. It defends a non truth-conditional treatment of the derogatory dimension, and it pauses on the controversy surrounding the nondisplaceability of slurs. It also comments on the polysemous pattern of behaviour displayed by some slurs, and it concludes with an assessment of the ‘Extensional Target Hypothesis’, namely the idea that a slur’s derogatory target coincides with its extension. The chapter also hints at the distinctions between different candidates for the biases of xenophobic slurs, and addresses some issues in the vicinity of the phenomenon of ‘re-appropriation’.
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