Thursday, February 14, 2013
Mark Redwine: Statement Analysis and Distance
Pronouns do not lie. Statement analysis is in bold type.
Statement Analysis looks at needless or "unnecessary" words. Needless words are those that can be removed from a sentence with the sentence still being a complete sentence. A needless word, according to the law of economy, is to be deemed "doubly important" to the analysis. When an entire sentence is "unnecessary", we are looking at something very important.
If two unnecessary words are used in a sentence, the importance of the sentence increases, but if two completely unnecessary sentences are used consecutively, we have extremity in language to view.
In this case, we have two unnecessary sentences, that are not only unnecessary on their own, but employ the pronoun "we" while speaking as a singular entity. After these two sentences, we have the most shocking use of a pronoun that readers may ever encounter.
First, a short lesson:
We also view pronouns for guidance, as they are instinctive, and never wrong.
We view qualifiers, like the word "think" and how it can appropriately be used, and how it can reveal inappropriate weakness in deceptive statements.
Let's look at why the word "think" is a weak assertion.
"I locked my keys in the car" is very straight forward.
"I think I locked my keys in the car" shows doubt.
"We think we locked the keys in the car" shows not only weakness, but the word "we" shows a possible desire to share blame.
If someone does not know where the keys are, doubt is expected. This is call, "the expected." If someone is certain, we expect the word "think" not to be used.
We also look for the use of "think" with the pronouns. Pronouns give us the best guidance into language, and the verbalized reality we are dealing with. When we do not know something, or we assert that someone might "think" otherwise, it is appropriate.