Slurs, truth-value judgements, and context sensitivity
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Sileo, R. (2018). Slurs, truth-value judgements, and context sensitivity. Human Affairs, 28 17-23. https://doi.org/10.1515/humaff-2018-0002
Cappelen and Lepore (2005) claim that the English language contains a basic and limited set of context-sensitive expressions, as only expressions within this set pass the truth-related tests that they propose to single out context-sensitive from context-insensitive words. In this paper I argue that racial and ethnic slurs also pass Cappelen and Lepore’s context sensitivity tests and that, as a result, slurs should also be seen as context-sensitive expressions in a truth-related sense.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/humaff-2018-0002
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