Easy Lies

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The article discusses a distinction between easy, small lies versus difficult, big lies. It suggests some different processes underlying the production of these different types of lies, suggesting that certain discursive challenges facing liars only manifest for difficult lies that have to be produced unexpectedly. The article also explores the strengths of the two articles at the center of this special issue, focusing on them as examples of theory building in the discipline of communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-410
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Language and Social Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • communication
  • deception
  • lying
  • theory
  • theory building

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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