Q. Would it
hinder the analysis of a statement if the writer has a poor level
A. The subject's age or education level is not highly significant.
Q. Why do you call
and Linguistic Forensic Analysis?
To understand why we call this Linguistic
Forensics Analysis, letís break it down:
Simply put, "Linguistic"
means language or words that can be written or spoken.
means to compare. You cannot have a forensic analysis without
something to compare it to.
performing linguistic forensic analysis, we compare TheirWords to
other words used the by same writer/speaker in the same statement.
Finally, what is it
is a spoken or written presentation of a study.
Thatís why we call this
We only deal with TheirWords -- no
outside information, no, special charts or difficult formulas to
remember. We donít care about body language or anything else. All
that matters to us is
many ways, linguistic forensic analysis is similar to other forms of
detecting deception. You establish a
and look for deviations from that
you locate differences from the norm, you analyze why the difference
occurs in the area of the changes. We were all taught as children
the difference between right and wrong. We know we are not supposed
to lie -- and at some level, many of us continue to obey that rule.
Instead of lying directly, we create outs for ourselves. That way,
if we are caught in what appears to be a lie, weíll more easily be
able to worm our way out of it.
Now, Iím not saying there arenít people out there who will flat-out
lie to you. That would be naive and it would be silly. What
Iím saying is the average person will
not normally flat-out lie, and when they do lie, they donít do it
football coach was asked if he was offered a job from Notre Dame,
and his response wasÖ ďThe
front office hasnít informed me of any attempted contacts.Ē
The interviewer asked again and the coach said, ďIíve
been too busy working with this team preparing to win this upcoming
This interview took place on a Wednesday. The coach was offered the
Notre Dame coaching job the Monday before the interview.
the Coach Lie?
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