laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 10 16:10:04 UTC 2001
At 8:56 PM -0500 12/10/01, Duane Campbell wrote:
>On Sat, 8 Dec 2001 23:22:58 -0600 Mike Salovesh
><t20mxs1 at CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU> writes:
>> Some years ago, I got in terrible trouble because I said the "n-word"
>> what I innocently thought was an entirely appropriate way. WARNING:
>> I use
>> that word in what follows
>There may be earlier citations, but I had never heard the euphemism, "the
>N-word," prior to the O.J. Simpson trial. I suspect that the media
>coverage is what brought that into common parlance.
Curiously, this would chronologically privilege the very different
use of "n-word" within the linguistics of negative concord and
polarity--referring to negative indefinites like Spanish "nada",
"nadie", "nunca" and their cross-linguistic analogues, as originally
coined by Itziar Laka in her 1990 MIT dissertation. That, of course,
was not a euphemism for anything.
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