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Meaning without Truth$
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Stefano Predelli

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695638

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695638.001.0001

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Derogatory Slurs

Derogatory Slurs

(p.96) 6 Derogatory Slurs
Meaning without Truth

Stefano Predelli

Oxford University Press

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’.

Keywords:   slurs, nondisplaceability, re-appropriation

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