Pragmatics and Cognition 23 (1):174-208 (2016)

This paper aims to differentiate between lying and irony, typically addressed independently by philosophers and linguists, as well as to discuss the cases when deception co-occurs with, and capitalises on, irony or metaphor. It is argued that the focal distinction can be made with reference to Grice’s first maxim of Quality, whose floutings lead to overt untruthfulness, and whose violations result in covert untruthfulness. Both types of untruthfulness are divided into explicit and implicit subtypes depending on the level of meaning on which they are manifest. Further, it is shown that deception may be based on irony or metaphor, which either promote deceptive implicatures or are deployed covertly. Finally, some argumentation is provided in favour of why these cases of deceiving can be conceptualised as lying.
Keywords Definition of lying   In-sincerity   Deception
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DOI 10.1075/pc.23.1.08dyn
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What Is Lying.Don Fallis - 2009 - Journal of Philosophy 106 (1):29-56.
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