Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why do you call it TheirWords and Linguistic Forensic Analysis?
A. To understand why we call this Linguistic Forensics Analysis, let's break it down:
What is Linguistic?
Simply put, "Linguistic" means language or words that can be written or spoken.
What is Forensic?
"Forensic" means to compare. You cannot have a forensic analysis without something to compare it to. In performing linguistic forensic analysis, we compare TheirWords to other words used the by same writer/speaker in the same statement.
Finally, what is it Analysis?
An "Analysis" is a spoken or written presentation of a study.
That's why we call this TheirWords Linguistic Forensics Analysis. We only deal with TheirWords -- no outside information, no, special charts or difficult formulas to remember. We don't care about body language or anything else. All that matters to us is TheirWords.
In many ways, linguistic forensic analysis is similar to other forms of detecting deception. You establish a norm and look for deviations from that norm . O nce you locate differences from the norm, you analyze why the difference occurs in the area of the changes. We were all taught as children the difference between right and wrong. We know we are not supposed to lie -- and at some level, many of us continue to obey that rule. Instead of lying directly, we create “outs” for ourselves. That way, if we are caught in what appears to be a lie, we'll more easily be able to worm our way out of it.
Now, I'm not saying there aren't people out there who will flat-out lie to you. That would be naive and it would be silly. What I'm saying is the average person will not normally flat-out lie, and when they do lie, they don't do it well.
A football coach was asked if he was offered a job from Notre Dame, and his response was… “ The front office hasn't informed me of any attempted contacts . ” The interviewer asked again and the coach said, “ I've been too busy working with this team preparing to win this upcoming game.”
This interview took place on a Wednesday. The coach was offered the Notre Dame coaching job the Monday before the interview.
Did the Coach Lie?
Q. Would it hinder the analysis of a statement if the writer has a poor level of education?
A. The subject's age or education level is not highly significant.
Q. I've had your introductory training. I'm hooked!!!! Where do I get more?
A. There are several things you can do.
First register and become active on our free online discussion board. Once you are well grounded in the fundamentals of Statement Analysis you will want to take our TheirWords Advanced Training . This course goes into far more detail about statement structure, timing issues, foreground and background, direct discourse, diction, and cryptic passives.
Customized online tutorials on specific issues, such as suspected child abuse, hiring questionnaires, or employee theft can be arranged:
If you have the time and budget to travel there are also several excellent in-person workshops given in different parts of the country. Please contact us if you would like some suggestions regarding what training options might be available in your area.
TheirWords Director of Training
1164 Euclid Ave.
Berkeley , CA 94708