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date: 23 January 2022

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The chapter is concerned with discourse-analytic perspectives on lying and deception. Starting with an assertion that lying is linguistically uninteresting—there are no linguistic markers of lying—the chapter argues for an ‘all-linguistic’ account of deception. Data consisting of an act of communication and a misrepresentational communication overcome the issue of ‘real-life’ corpora for deception research. A typology of acts deception based on this approach is offered: falsifications (stereotypical lies), distortions (assertions stronger or weaker than the original), and ‘taking words out of context’ (ascribing a different function to what was said). The chapter ends with an application of the typology in an analysis of clinical notes.

Keywords: discourse, discourse analysis, typology of deception, clinical communication, deception, falsification, distortion, take words out of context

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