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(White) lies and (pieux) mensonges: Ethnolinguistic elaborations on not telling the truth

Peeters, Bert


The fact that most European languages have a word similar to the verb lie has led many to believe that lying is a universal cognitive category, that all human beings have an intuitive understanding of what it means to lie, and that all forms of discourse involving a lack of truth can be analysed as forms of lying, wherever they occur. This is a myth. Within Europe itself, there are differences, and these become more outspoken once we move further away. Even a Melanesian creole such as Bislama,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Etnolingwistyka
DOI: 10.17951/et.2018.30.169
Access Rights: Open Access


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