Modelling Oppressive Speech/Norms and Social Meaning

Organisator(en) Mihaela Popa-Wyatt, Anton Benz & Stephanie Solt
Veranstaltungsbeginn 23.03.2020, 09.00 Uhr
Veranstaltungsende 24.03.2020, 18.00 Uhr
Ort Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Schützenstr. 18, Berlin, Trajekte Room (3rd floor)


Oppressive speech harms its targets.The rise of hate speech in social media and politics vividly illustrates this. This workshop will study how oppressive speech harms. Topics include: the mechanisms through which oppressive utterance causes harm; how oppressive speech shifts norms; what motivates speakers to use such speech; why others comply with the resulting harmful norms; and what needs to change to eradicate these harmful norms. We also focus on relevant aspects of social meaning such as intra-speaker variation, e.g. that oppressive language has different effects depending on who the speaker and hearer are (in-group vs. out-group, etc.).


  • Anton Benz (ZAS-Berlin)
  • Justin Bruner (Arizona)
  • Heather Burnett (Paris-7)
  • Elin McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University)
  • Mary Kate McGowan (Wellesley College)
  • David Pietraszewski (MPI-Berlin)
  • Mihaela Popa-Wyatt (ZAS-Berlin)
  • Stephanie Solt (ZAS-Berlin)