Sub-project 4 investigates how various social groups’ judge and are affected by expressions of hate speech.
Three questions are addressed:
- Where does hate speech begin, i.e. where do language users draw the line between the acceptable and unacceptable in social media environments?
- Is the perception of hate speech similar across written and spoken language?
- Do judgements depend on whether hate speech is read or heard, i.e. is hate speech solely a matter of the words that are used, or does prosody come into play as well, even to the extent that it can become more important than the utterance’s lexico-grammatical structure?
These questions are approached through an innovative multiple methods design that combines implicit and explicit instrumental measurements as well as quantitative and qualitative analyses.