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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reading Body Language by Susan Constantine

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Chapter

14

Voice and Vocabulary

In This Chapter

Listening for lies

LIWC: Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count

The “I’s” have it

Understanding speech changes

“What’s the matter, honey?”

“Nothing.”

“It doesn’t sound like it’s nothing.”

Does this little exchange sound familiar? You’ve probably had that exact conversation with someone, which is why you will understand intuitively how much meaning can be conveyed in tone of voice.

We know that the voice can convey emotion, and in this chapter we talk about things experts listen for to determine whether someone is lying. Similarly, a false story, in writing, may look different than the truth. You’ve no doubt heard the expression: “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” Also in this chapter, ...

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