Linguistics encompasses topics ranging from morphology to phonology and syntax – by using these tools, we can examine how we communicate with one another.
When can we use the N-word and when should we avoid it? Deciding if it’s okay for us to use this word in a positive, non-offensive way depends on precisely who we are and whether a shared, common history gives us the right to “slur.” Adam Croom, a senior at the University of Pennysylvania, spoke to Decoded Science about the […]
Should white people be banned from using the N-word, with its distressing historical connotations? And why do black rappers use an inflammatory term so freely in their lyrics? In his book, The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker examines the ways in which language conveys both literal meanings and also a speaker’s attitude. “Racial epithets, which are laced […]