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Tseng, Ming-Yu. 2010. The pragmatic act of fishing for personal details: From choice to performance. Journal of Pragmatics 42 (7) : 1982–1996.
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This study proposes a cognitive-pragmatic interpretation of the (performative chain of the pragmatic) act of fishing for personal information, as illustrutated by e-mail scams. The conceptual metaphor SCAMMING IS FISHING/ANGLING is deployed to exemplify the considerations that define the choice of means and the performance of scam discourse.