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CLASP/Linguistics seminar: Elin McCready "Dogwhistles: Ideology and Trust"

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CLASP/Linguistics seminar: Elin McCready "Dogwhistles: Ideology and Trust"

In political speech, it is often strategically important to signal one's ideology to a subset of listeners, especially when that ideology may be controversial. The term "dogwhistle" refers to a kind of coded message sent which sends one message to all listeners and an additional message to a class of `savvy' interpreters; this kind of messaging is prevalent in political discourse. This talk describes an approach to dogwhistles which takes them to send coded messages in a way dependent on recognition of the speaker's political ideology. After laying out some criteria for an account of dogwhistles, a game-theoretic account is proposed and then extended to a general notion of communicative trust.

Lecturer: Elin McCready

Date: 3/4/2020

Time: 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Categories: Linguistics

Organizer: CLASP/Linguistics

Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
C562, Renströmsgatan 6

Contact person: Ellen Breitholtz

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