Maria Paola Tenchini

Zur Multi-Akt-Semantik der Ethnophaulismen

Abstract: This article aims to advance a theory of the semantic status of ethnic epithets able to account for their use in acts of verbal aggression. The starting point of the analysis is the use in discourse of the epithet Zigeuner, which identifies mainly the traditional “nomadic” Roma and Sinti people in a derogatory way. In this paper, the current approaches to the topic ethnophaulism, and slur in general, are considered and some of their drawbacks are illustrated. A solution based on the speech-act theory is then advanced. On this view, by uttering e.g. Zigeuner in a declarative sentence, a speaker performs two different speech acts: a representative one corresponding to that ...

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