On the Morality of Taking Offence

Parvaresh, Vahid (2022) On the Morality of Taking Offence. Language & Communication. ISSN 0271-5309

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Abstract

This study explores occasions during which offendees make intuitive judgments about, or offer reasons for, why they feel offended. In this respect, and by drawing on a corpus of online Twitter posts featuring #offended, the study discusses some of the judgments and reasons that offendees most frequently refer to when ‘sanctioning’ their offence. The study reveals that taking offence involves the offence taker attributing blame to the person who has caused the offence. These attributions of blame appear to be rooted in higher-order moral norms and are typically couched in the format of a complaint about the behaviour in question with a view to causing some remedial action on the part of the person who has caused the offence.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Impoliteness, morality, moral order, Offensive, Taking Offence, Twitter
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2022 13:04
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 14:13
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707735

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