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Language of Truth and Lies: Performatives

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Published on Aug 1, 2011

When people tell the truth, they usually use I-words at high rates. The one big exception is the performative. When people start a sentence with something like "I want you to know that..." or "Let me be perfectly clear..." then anything that follows can't be judged as false or truthful. Performatives are a delightful way to deceive while technically telling the truth.

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