Annual Lecture CCiL 2018

"Is it ever appropriate and acceptable to say “nigger”? And must I really call you “xer”? Some reflections on language policing.”


Prof. Adèle Mercier

Dept. of Philosophy, Queen's University, Kingston (Canada)


Date: Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Time: 15:00h

Place: Philosophy Seminar (4th Floor, Faculty of Philosophy)



Language policing raises important legal, socio-political, psychological and linguistic considerations. This talk will focus on two recent events in Canadian language policing, one, a defamation court case in which I acted as expert witness, the other, a notorious public debacle around a piece of human rights legislation confronting freedom of speech.