Hate Speech

This project will take a more measured approach than that evident in the press by looking at the use of hate speech from a linguistic perspective, bringing together work in law and criminology in a project in which corpus linguists can inform the debate. The proposed research will explore to what extent we can evidentially determine linguistic triggers for prosecution, and hence a linguistic warrant for action. 


Principal Investigator: Paul Iganski

Senior Research Associate: Abe Sweiry

  • Using the law to challenge cultures of hate (18 December 2014)

    Outlawing homophobic and transphobic hate crime in Europe All crimes hurt in one way or another — emotionally, physically, or economically. Yet an accumulation of research evidence now shows conclusively that as a category of crime, hate crimes hurt more on average compared to otherwise motivated crimes. Hate crime victims are more likely to report experiencing ...