The Language of Confession, Interrogation, and Deception / Edition 1

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From 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 not protected, and discusses consistency, truthfulness, suggestibility, and written and unvalidated confessions. He also provides specific advice about how to conduct interrogations that will yield credible evidence.

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Editorial Reviews

A.J. Kramer

"An extremely valuable resource by one of the experts in this field."

Shuy linguistics, Georgetown U. discusses the language used by suspects and interrogators in confession, and the deceitful use of language. He describes several cases in which he was asked by defense attorneys to analyze confessions. Topics include suggestibility and other flaws in interrogation, alleged or inferred confessions that have not been recorded, and suggested basic principles of interrogation. Does not address legal aspects of confession. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
A.J. Kramer
"An extremely valuable resource by one of the experts in this field."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761913467
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/24/1997
  • Series: Empirical Linguistics Series, #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,405,602
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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 Representatives in impeachment trials of US Senators and Federal Judges and in International Criminal Tribunal trials. I have also provided sworn affidavits and depositions in some 75 law cases.
Roger W. Shuy, Inc. is now informally affiliated with Dr. Robert A. Leonard of Robert A. Leonard Associates in New York.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction
1 Confession Event 1
2 Language of the Police Interrogation 12
3 Language and Constitutional Rights 51
4 Language of Truthfulness and Deception 74
5 Language of Written Confessions 94
6 Language of the Implicational Confession 107
7 Language of the Interrogator as Therapist 122
8 Inferred Confession 140
9 Unvalidated Confession 153
10 An Effective Interrogation and a Valid Confession 174
11 Some Basic Principles of Interrogation, Confession, and Deceptive Language 186
References 195
Index 199
About the Author 205
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