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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Pragmatics of Deception but Were Afraid to Test

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This introductory chapter gives an overview of empirical approaches to deception and lying that are considered to be of relevance to the pragmatics of the two focal concepts. Attention is thus paid to: the use of natural language data in theoretical debates, the studies of verbal and nonverbal cues for deception, the explorations of people’s understandings of the definitional and moral aspects of lying, as well as the research of deception in children. It is shown that empirical approaches to lying and deception increase our understanding of other theoretical concepts developed by linguists, psychologists and philosophers, and are indeed necessary for further development of pragmatic theory of lying and deception.

Affiliations: 1: University of Łódź ; 2: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz


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