Good language - high credibility

Germanist examines how witnesses’ style of language can influence the trust the police have in their statements

Anyone who is asked to make a written statement after an accident - either as a witness or as a suspect - would be well advised to talk about an "accident vehicle" rather than just about a "car" - because then there is a markedly higher chance that the police will trust this statement. The choice of words, correct grammar and coherent syntax - all these can have a big influence when it comes down to whom the authorities believe. After her analysis of several dozen statements, as well as experiments with numerous test persons, Joy Steigler-Herms arrived at a clear result. ...
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