The applicability of critical discourse analysis on linguistic microaggressions

Linguistic microaggressions are utterances of prejudice, often unconscious or unintentional, against certain social groups. Their aim seems to be (further) marginalisation and disempowerment of such groups – the means used to reach these goals are hence an important topic of research in critical theory. Frame analysis and critical discourse analysis will be used to dissect instances of different kinds of microaggressions. An important question throughout will be of how minimal a discourse unit can be to still reach its function and therefore lend itself to analysis.

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