Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Reliability of Articles in Analysis
"The, a, an..." follow progression.
They follow rules and if the rules are broken, we have sensitivity indicators that are not difficult to discern for deception.
"I was followed by a man. The man walked behind me for a few blocks."
Once a man is introduced, he becomes "the" man, having previously been identified.
Scams abound but are often foiled by the use of articles.
"The man asked me for cash." If the man has not yet been introduced, the use of the word "the" indicates knowledge of the man. In this sentence, the "man" did not demand the "money" but "asked" for "cash"; as if polite. This statement from someone carrying cash, receipts and checks to the bank is a common give away: no demand, and no demand for money, as if the "man" knew that there was more than just one form of currency.
A man receives a phone call at work telling him his house is on fire.