Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue Jun 12 15:23:56 UTC 2012

On Jun 12, 2012, at 8:14 AM, Larry Horn wrote:
> On Jun 12, 2012, at 10:31 AM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>> Antilocution is a term defined by psychologist Gordon Allport in his book The Nature of Prejudice, 1954. Antilocution is defined as verbal remarks against a person, group or community, which are not addressed directly to the target. Generally referred to as "talking behind someone's back," the impact of this is often overlooked. However, because antilocution creates an environment where discrimination is acceptable, it frequently progresses to other more damaging forms of prejudiced behavior. It's use is overshadowed by the more modern term Hate speech which has almost the same meaning.
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> I'll have to differ with the Wikipedianist on this one; the meaning of "hate speech", which is canonically directed at a listener, is far from "almost the same" as that of "antilocution", which by definition isn't (although presumably there may be an overhearer from the slimed group within earshot).  The latter is indeed something like "hate-speech-behind-someone's-back", and I think antilocution is a (non-ideal) label for a (sadly) useful concept.

agreed, on the rough gloss and on "a (non-ideal) label for a (sadly) useful concept".


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