Quotation Gillings, Mathew. 2019. Investigating cues to deception using corpus methods: a sociolinguistic analysis. Corpus Linguistics 2019, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 22.07-26.07.




Drawing upon previous research and methods from psychology, I will discuss my experiment designed to extract truthful and deceptive language from two scenarios. The first scenario (based loosely on work by both Porter and Yuille, 1996 and Adams and Jarvis, 2006), was designed to mimic a police interrogation whereby participants were asked to tell the interviewer what they were doing one week earlier, between the hours of 6-9pm. The second scenario (based loosely on the work of Warmelink et al., 2012 into lying about intentions) was designed as a mock border control interview, and participants were asked to tell the interviewer about an upcoming trip that they would soon be going on. Both interview scenarios were structured and had a set of follow-up questions that participants answered in order. In addition to discussing the interview design, I will also discuss how I collected my data from a range of participants from different social backgrounds (i.e. differences in region, gender, age, and socioeconomic status). Throughout the second half of my talk, I will discuss how I compiled a list of both theory-driven and keyword-driven linguistic features that could be labelled as “verbal cues to deception”. This list includes features such as fewer self-references, more negative emotion words, more negation, more hedging, and more filled pauses. Whilst the much larger project considers the sociolinguistic distribution of all those features, combined with a more qualitative analysis of how (or indeed whether) they work within context, this talk will focus on one small subset of verbal cues.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Investigating cues to deception using corpus methods: a sociolinguistic analysis
Event Corpus Linguistics 2019
Year 2019
Date 22.07-26.07
Country United Kingdom
Location Cardiff


Gillings, Mathew (Details)
Institute for English Business Communication (Mautner) (Details)
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6604 Applied linguistics (Details)
6611 Linguistics (Details)
6623 Sociolinguistics (Details)
6633 Computational linguistics (Details)
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