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Although Hedger (2012) has a persuasive case in support of his claim that slurring expressions and expressions with purely descriptive content are distinct, he has not yet adequately argued in support of his further claim that expressions with purely expressive content are the only alternative to expressions with purely descriptive content and that slurring expressions must therefore be purely expressive rather than purely descriptive.
Nonetheless, it might be useful to briefly inspect how purely expressive expressions like fucker function in a way that is distinct from slurring expressions like chink for the purpose of achieving clarity on this point.
Observe that whereas the purely expressive case (6b) is felicitous on the grounds that expressions with purely expressive content do not pick out or target certain specific descriptive features (such as racial identity) and can therefore be felicitously uttered while denying some particular set of descriptive features (such as racial identity) to its target, the slurring case (8b) is not likewise felicitous.
Observe that whereas the purely expressive case (9b) is felicitous on the grounds that expressions with purely expressive content do pick out or target certain specific descriptive features (such as sexual identity) and can therefore be felicitously uttered while denying some particular set of descriptive features (such as sexual identity) to its target, the slurring case (11b) is not likewise felicitous.
So Hedger (2012) seems committed to the claim that, if anyone in particular were to feel especially targeted by a particular slurring expression like chink, then they would be feeling offended unreasonably.
Why didn't he ask about my condition on air and help explain my slurring was due to my illness and medication?
In hindsight the simple fact is she went on, Mark and the people from MTV knew that she was slurring and naturally Fern and Philip were going to ask her why.