[Lingtyp] QUERY: lexical expressions for 'lie', 'truth', 'deception' etc. in various languages and cultures

Christian Lehmann christian.lehmann at uni-erfurt.de
Sun Jan 1 20:03:09 UTC 2023

Dear Masha,

I assume you know

Coleman, Linda & Kay, Paul 1981, "Prototype semantics: the English word 
lie". /Language/ 57:26-44.

One approach (which you have certainly thought of, too) is to consult 
dictionaries of synonyms. For instance,


gives you 15 (near) synonyms of English /lie/.


gives you the same number for German. I am sure sociolects are rich in 
words meaning 'lie'. The one current in my youth (/schocken/) is not 
even listed by the openthesaurus.

All the best at least for this year,



Prof. em. Dr. Christian Lehmann
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