STAL-2023: Slurring Terms Across Languages | 7-8 June 2023

Informations pratiques
07 juin 2023

ENS, salle Ribot, 29 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris


STAL-2023: Slurring Terms Across Languages | 7-8 June 2023          

Location : Ecole Normale Supérieure, 29 rue d’Ulm, Paris, France (salle Théodule Ribot).
Date : June 7-8, 2023
Fees : All participants are expected to pay registration fees, which we expect to be around 50€-60€.     

Slurring terms across languages (STAL-23) is an international and interdisciplinary workshop whose primary aim is to gather work on slurs from languages that have been seldom discussed in the recent philosophical and semantic literature, and in particular, from sign languages and non-Indo-European languages. It aims to bring to light new empirical data and uncover novel interesting phenomena that may have the potential to challenge current theories of slurs. We search for theoretical and empirical studies of slurs from such languages, comparisons with English slurs, as well as wider cross-linguistic approaches. We also welcome developments of extant theories in application to the new data or previously neglected phenomena.

Topics : slurs, pejoratives, crosslinguistic data, derogatory speech

Submission Guidelines

We invite submission of abstracts for 30-minute oral presentations (with an additional 20 minutes for questions). Abstracts should be anonymous, the main text should be 2 pages in length, with an optional third page for glossed examples, references, or figures (Note : use a third page for examples only when they are non-English examples and are glossed.) Abstracts are due before January 10, 2023 and should be submitted via Easychair. We expect to notify authors of their acceptance before the end of February.


Program Committee

  • Heather Burnett
  • Bianca Cepollaro
  • Filippo Domaneschi
  • Elsi Kaiser
  • Natalia Karczewska
  • Jeremy Kuhn
  • Chang Liu
  • Elin McCready
  • Eleonora Orlando
  • Camilo Rodriguez Ronderos
  • Andrés Saab
  • Isidora Stojanovic
  • Dan Zeman

Organizing committee

  • Isidora Stojanovic
  • Dan Zeman
  • Venue

Contact: All questions about submissions should be emailed both to and to

Programme and registration here.



10:45-11:00 Welcome

11:00-11:50 Alex Davies, Fred Gregor Rahuoja, Kadi Raal and Anett Pärismaa (University of Tartu)

“An Anti-Immigrant Slur in Soviet Occupied Estonia”

11:50-12:10 Break

12:10-13:00 Nursulu Sagimbayeva (Saarland University)

“Understanding the Kazakh 'Mambet': Meaning, Usage, and Prospects for Reclamation”

13:00-15:00 Lunch break

15:00-15:40 Bianca Cepollaro (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele), Simone Sulpizio (University of Milano-Bicocca), Claudia Bianchi (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele) and Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean Nicod)

“Slurs in Quarantine”

15:40-16:20 Esben Nedenskov Petersen (University of Southern Denmark)

“Multimorphemic Danish Slurs with Negative Expressives: A Conventional Implicature Account”

16:20-16:40 Break

16:40-17:20 Chang Liu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

“Slurs and Lexical Silencing in Chinese”

17:20-18:00 Jonathan Ginzburg (Paris Cité University) and Mihaela Popa-Wyatt (University of Manchester)

"Slurs and Mocking Laughter: A Unified Account via Interactional History"


11:00-11:50 Robin Jeshion (University of South California)

“Owning It: An Expressionist Analysis of Reclamation”

11:50-12:10 Break

12:10-12:50 Filippo Domaneschi (University of Genoa) & Camilo Rodriguez Ronderos (University of Oslo)

“Anticipating the F***ing Referent: An Eye-tracking Study on the Role of Italian Expressive Adjectives During Sentence Comprehension”

12:50-15:00 Lunch break

15:00-15:50 Gerhard Schaden and Luca Gasparri (University of Lille)

“Slurring without Nouns”

15:50-16:10 Break

16:10-17:00 Una Stojnic (Princeton University) and Ernie Lepore (Rutgers University)

“Slurring Articulations”