End of ADS-L Digest - 24 Aug 1994 to 25 Aug 1994 ************************************************ There is one message totalling 19 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Racist terms ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 26 Aug 1994 18:45:59 EDT From: Michael Montgomery Subject: Racist terms Of course, it is the pragmatic facts of who, where, why, and how that normally determine if a term is used as a racial insult, but I wonder if this doesn't still leave the matter pretty much up in the air, linguistically speaking. With the advent of speech codes and anti-hate ordinances, when to use any expression that is perceived to be racially pejorative can cause a fuss, if not judicial action, what do linguists have to contribute to those who would endeavor to formulate a strict and usable legal defini- tion of "racist term"? Several ADSers deal regularly with language and law issues, so what would linguists have to say here--only that it depends on the context?? Michael Montgomery, Dept of English, U of S Carolina, Columbia SC 29208