Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN 1566-5852
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9854
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The article examines two episodes from Shakespeare, one from Julius Caesar and the other one from Othello, in order to shed light on the nature of a type of deception often used by a speaker in discourse meant to persuade a hearer to adopt a particular course of action. Drawing on the episodes, two conceptual distinctions are proposed, one between overt and covert intentions and the other between first-order and second-order intentions. It is argued that the distinctions make it possible to formulate a structured framework for analyzing the type of deception in question. The model proposed also draws on Gricean maxims, emphasizing the role of the maxims of Quality and Quantity, first part.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): deception; drama; Gricean maxims; information manipulation; persuasion; Shakespeare
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