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Credible accounts: What they are and how to obtain them

Issue: Vol 12 No. 2-3 (2016) Special Issue: Appliable Linguistics and Legal Discourse

Journal: Linguistics and the Human Sciences

Subject Areas: Writing and Composition Linguistics

DOI: 10.1558/lhs.36990


This article examines research on cues to credibility, especially those within the content of what people say. It focuses both on valid cues and on the false beliefs that many people share about cues to truth/lies. Mention is made that liars try to appear truthful, and that some lawyers/advocates when cross-examining people try to make them seem like liars. What constitutes the good investigative questioning of people is then described, as is a recent recommendation of the United Nations.

Author: Ray Bull

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