The Manipulative Disguise of Truth

Tricks and threats of implicit communication

ORCID logoViviana Masia | University of Roma Tre & University of Rome “La Sapienza”
ISBN 9789027208705 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027259882 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Becoming effective hunters of manipulative communicative moves is far from an easy capacity to develop. This book aims at offering a guide to the most dangerous traps of deceptive language as triggered by implicit communication strategies such as presupposition, implicature, topicalization and vague expressions. A look at different contexts of language use highlights some of the most remarkable implications of using indirect speech and of how it affects the correct comprehension of a message. Within the remit of communication and pragmatics studies, this work marks an advancement in the direction of delving into the linguistic manifestations of manipulative discourse, its most common contexts of use and the educational paths that can be undertaken to master it in everyday interactions.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 322] 2021.  xvi, 220 pp. + index
Publishing status: Available
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“This is genuinely an interdisciplinary book, full of insights and careful analysis, very informative, clearly written and all the epigraphs are wisely selected. [...] Masia's book is a great achievement, in which both a humanistic approach and scientific endeavor are perfectly balanced. It is a book full of insights, and more importantly, it challenges us conceptually and methodologically. It incorporates various disciplines, that use different methods of analysis; and above all, shows that the author perfectly knows where the limits are, and where some further investigations could continue. Masia has not only shown a high degree of expertise, but also a genuine cooperative spirit in writing it.”
“This book is an up-to-date work concerning implicit language and manipulative power it possessed. The author goes to great lengths to provide the readers with both the latest discussion and frontier understanding within this research purview, making this book an enlightening guidance for the expert or lay reader. The book is very readable owing to the book’s clear structure and informative content, and thus is worth being added to the reading lists for scholars and students of linguistics, politics and communication.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies



Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2021009608 | Marc record