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The Language of Confession, Interrogation, and Deception
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The Language of Confession, Interrogation, and Deception


Volume: 2
Other Titles in:
Criminal Justice

February 1998 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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.

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

A.J. Kramer
Federal Public Defender, Washigton D.C.

This book is highly recommended. A clear and concise introduction to a very complex area of Forensic Psychology. The book introduces concepts clearly and comprehensively.
Very good book.

Dr David Keatley
Department of Psychology, Lincoln University
December 9, 2015

A well written practical explanation of how confessions work.

Miss Frances Jackson
Public Services, Peterborough Regional College
October 25, 2011

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