STAL-2024, May 16-17, 2024, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

STAL-2024: Slurring Terms Across Languages

Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

May 16-17, 2024

Submission link:

Submission deadline: January 10, 2024

Topics: slurs, pejoratives, crosslinguistic data, derogatory speech


Organizers: Isidora Stojanovic & Dan Zeman


Slurring Terms Across Languages (STAL-24) 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.

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, 2024 and should be submitted via Easychair (see the link above). We expect to notify authors of their acceptance in mid-February.

Program Committee (alphabetical, as of November 2023)

Bianca Cepollaro (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele)

Filippo Domaneschi (University of Genoa)

Leopold Hess (Jagiellonian University)

Elsi Kaiser (University of Southern California)

Natalia Karczewska (University of Warsaw)

Jeremy Kuhn (Institut Jean Nicod)

Chang Liu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

Elin McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University)

Eleonora Orlando (University of Buenos Aires)

Andrés Saab (SADAF/University of Buenos Aires)

Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean Nicod)

Dan Zeman (Slovak Academy of Sciences)

Organizing committee

The workshop is organized by Isidora Stojanovic and Dan Zeman, and is part of the activities of the STAL Network (


The conference will be held at the Institute of Philosophy, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Klemensova 19, 811 09 Bratislava.

Bratislava is easy to reach by plane from all major cities in Europe. It has it own airport, and is also very close to Vienna International Airport, connection with which is assured by regular buses (length of trip: approx. 1 hour).


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