Microaggression or misunderstanding? Implicatures, inferences and accountability

Elder, Chi-He (2021) Microaggression or misunderstanding? Implicatures, inferences and accountability. Journal of Pragmatics, 178. ISSN 0378-2166 (In Press)

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This paper contributes a pragmatic perspective to the complex question of how to classify microaggressions that are committed via linguistic means. Given that microaggressions are often communicated implicitly, two key questions arise: (i) on what linguistic grounds is a recipient licensed to infer that a microaggression has been committed, and (ii) to what extent can a speaker claim they have been misunderstood and hence deny responsibility for having committed a microaggression? These questions are addressed through a discussion of the nature of implicature, inferences and accountability, highlighting that a key challenge lies in the fact that microaggressive content is typically not part of the representational content of what is achieved in interaction.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2021 23:45
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2021 23:45
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/79879

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