Future Directions. I aim to increase understanding of how moral judgment affects when and why people are afforded status as credible authorities and producers of knowledge by expanding my work into a new area of linguistics—pragmatics, the study of how context affects meaning. Although prior research in pragmatics demonstrates that perceived linguistic incompetence (not being able to use language correctly) is detrimental to speaker credibility; the effects of perceived moral competence on speaker credibility are unclear. Planned future work aims to articulate: (a) which perceived morally relevant features (e.g., whether the speaker is perceived as harmful, impure, impartial) affect our understanding of people as credible knowers, (b) whether and how the influence of particular moral features differs across social categories (e.g., gender, race, class), and (c) the affected domains of knowledge (e.g., public policy decision-making, private/family matters, industry-specific knowledge, transgressions that bridge “moral domains” of harm vs. “impurity”, e.g., sex work, sexual assault, pollution and environmental degradation). I expect that speakers’ judgments regarding particular perceived violations interact with perceived social category information to affect credibility judgments. For example, because antagonism is broadly less likely to cause men compared to women to be flagged as “norm-violators”, being perceived as harmful may have more deleterious effects on perceived credibility for women than men (regardless of knowledge domain).

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