The Moral Parameters of Good Talk

The Moral Parameters of Good Talk

A Feminist Analysis

eBook - 1997
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Wilfrid Laurier Univ Pr

Should we not apply the same moral standards to language as we do to behaviour? Should we not demand fair treatment in how others speak to us or include us in conversations?

In The Moral Parameters of Good Talk, Ayim contends it is ludicrous to exempt language from the moral standards we apply to other behaviours. Language, like any other behaviour, is capable of creating harm or good — we should strive to talk in morally appropriate ways. While freedom of expression is a right we strive for in a democratic society, it is acceptable only when it is conducive to freedom of expression for all. Racist and sexist speech fails the moral test.

Ayim discusses her proposed moral criteria for language on two levels: on a theoretical level, where she applies her moral analysis to the major competing theories on the relation of gender and language, and on a practical level, when she examines one circumstance where such moral criteria have been applied to a study of women in educational administration.

With passion yet with logical rigour, Ayim provides a topical and controversial moral discussion of speech patterns which will interest everyone concerned with the effects of language use, in addition to scholars in the areas of gender studies, linguistics, philosophy, sociology and education.



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The author contends that since language is capable of creating harm or good, it should not be exempt from the moral standards we apply to other behaviors we should strive to talk in morally appropriate ways. Her proposed moral criteria for language are discussed on a theoretical level, where she applies her moral analysis to the major competing theories on the relation of gender and language, and on a practical level, when she examines circumstances where such moral criteria have been applied. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1997
ISBN: 9780585232270
058523227X
0889202826
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 255 p.)

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