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The Language of Confession, Interrogation, and Deception

by Roger W. Shuy

Part of the Empirical Linguistics Series

The Language of Confession, Interrogation, and Deception Synopsis

Taking a linguistic perspective, this book is a practical explanation of how confessions work. Roger Shuy, author of the 1993 benchmark work, Language Crimes, examines criminal confessions, the interrogations that elicit confessions, and the deceptive language that plays a role in the actual confession. He presents transcripts from numerous interrogations and analyzes how language is used, how constitutional rights are protected (or not), and discusses consistency, truthfulness, suggestibility, written confessions and unvalidated confessions. He also provides specific advice about how to conduct interrogations that will yield credible evidence.

The Language of Confession, Interrogation, and Deception Press Reviews

An extremely valuable resource by one of the experts in this field. -- A.J. Kramer

Book Information

ISBN: 9780761913450
Publication date: 13th February 1998
Author: Roger W. Shuy
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 216 pages
Categories: Criminal investigation & detection, Semantics, discourse analysis, etc,

About Roger W. Shuy

My service as professor of linguistics for 30 years at Georgetown University continues through my company, Roger W. Shuy, Inc., which was incorporated in 1982. This service includes linguistic analysis of: tape recorded conversation (bribery, solicitation, extortion, threats, etc.) tape recorded speeches (slander, fraud, etc.) tape recorded interviews (child sex abuse, police interrogations, confessions, etc.) written documents (reports, proposals, insurance policies, testimony, contracts, confessions, etc.) Over the past 40 years, I have consulted on some 500 cases and have testified as a linguistics expert witness 54 times in criminal and civil trials (in 26 states), as well as before the US Senate and US House of ...

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