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date: 29 June 2022

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This chapter examines approaches to lying and deception within a linguistic framework by studying lying as it relates to phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. It details empirical research on linguistic cues to lying, the emergence of lying, and attitudes to lies in different cultures. Both intercultural and cross-cultural studies are included, most of which contrast English with other languages. Coleman and Kay’s seminal work on the semantics of lying and replication studies in Arabic and Spanish are of particular interest. Finally, applied research in various discourse genres such as media language, politics and propaganda, and online discourse are presented. The chapter demonstrates how lying is a pragmalinguistic and sociolinguistic phenomenon that is best understood through empirical studies, ones providing insights into lying in real-life language situations.

Keywords: lying, linguistics, semantics of lying, intercultural, cross-cultural, pragmatic variation, identification of lies, emergence of lying, media language

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