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COOP #3: The Sociolinguistics of Trigger Words

Tuesday 17 May 2022
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Have you ever felt triggered by certain words and phrases during class discussions? Would you like to share your experiences with linguistic micro-aggressions? Do you consider the emotional impact of culturally appropriating words and the collective identity processes involved in communication? Is there a difference between buzzwords and trigger words? And did you know that we may overcome triggering conversations through notions of ‘reclaiming’ when dealing with controversial topics in a university setting? Or, perhaps, are you simply keen to learn more about sociolinguistic processes that cause uneasy feelings within yourself and/or others? If so, attend Dr. Mo Gordon’s informal lecture and Q&A about trigger words helping students to tackle difficult conversations respectfully and with an inclusive mindset, hosted by COOP!

About the speaker

Dr. Mo Gordon is a Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) at Leiden University.

About COOP

COOP is a student-led initiative that is organising a series of events throughout May 2022 to provide students with a toolkit on addressing difficult topics. Our ethos is “from COnflicting OPinions to COOPeration”. Click here to learn more about COOP and our upcoming events.

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