Understanding oppressive speech
Language is a powerful tool. It can build or destroy. It can inform, influence, mobilise, manipulate, comfort and hurt. Language can also oppress but little is known about how language oppresses and the motivation behind it. The EU-funded HaLO project aims to fill this knowledge gap. It will take a multidisciplinary approach that combines and complements the strengths of game theory and theories of social norms and social injustice. The project will use game theory to explain how oppressive speech impacts a conversation and how people are motivated to oppress others through speech. It will also examine the role that speech plays in preserving social injustice.