Specificity of Lie and Deceit in Modern Chinese Artistic Discourse

  • V. I. MolodykhEmail author
  • T. I. Leontieva
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 139)


Chinese ethnic identity has been in the centre of research lately. Scholars are interested in the differences between Chinese and European mentalities and manners of behavior. The authors of this article research the attitude of the Chinese to the phenomena of lie and deceit within the boundaries of linguo-pragmatic approach to the analysis of Chinese fiction. Minute study of Chinese literature (Chinese artistic discourse of the XXI century) proves that the Chinese easily resort to lie and deceit to “save face”. According to old traditions, the biggest tragedy for a Chinese is to “lose face”, this feeling is still strong in the nation. We hypothesize that the Chinese follow the example of the West in their perception of the world and that their attitude to lie and deceit is very much like that in Europe. Linguo-cultural and pragmatic approach to the analysis of “young” Chinese literature aims at finding out if the Chinese have a strong desire to adhere to the truth or to tell innocent lies that in their thinking “save their faces”. The practical significance of the research is in widening the scope of understanding real values of the Chinese nation.


Lie/deceit Verbal behavior Ethnic social medium “Face” Stratagem Dialogical discourse Linguistic manipulation 


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  1. 1.Vladivostok State University of Economics and ServiceVladivostokRussia

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