Publication details [#62175]

Hornung, Melanie. 2016. Classifying Prosocial Lies. An Empirical Approach. International Review of Pragmatics 8 (2) : 219–246.
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Cambridge University Press


This article interprets prosocial lies as a special pragmatic category of a lie. In order to investigate this category, university students were given 10 vignettes comprising prosocial lies and demanded (employing a Likert Scale) whether they deemed each target statement to be a lie, a polite remark, and an act serving the speaker and/or the hearer. The outcomes demonstrate that prosocial lies are evaluated as real lies. Moreover, the article provides support for various categories of prosocial lies.