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Jamie Greenberg Memorial Lecture: Elisabeth Camp

Manipulative Meaning: Insinuations, Slurs, and Metaphorical Insults

Philosophers and linguists focus largely on cooperative communication, for good reasons. But in many conversations, interlocutors' interests only partially overlap, and both parties know this.  In such contexts, speakers often appeal to indirect or inexplicit forms of communication, like insinuation and metaphor, which provide the speaker with deniability about their meaning and make even resistant hearers partly complicit in the speaker's meaning.  I survey some key differences in the rhetorical and cognitive effects of antagonistic speech, draw some implications for the theory of meaning, and suggest some ways for resistant hearers to fight back. 
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 5:30pm in RH300