Statement Analysis is the process of examining a person's words, phrases and use of language to determine exactly what the person intent to say or what was meant to be concealed from the statement. This includes determining if the person is being truthful or deceptive, discovering additional information within the statement, and detecting if the person is withholding any information. Generally what a person says, inadvertently or not, is generally the information what he/she means to convey to the listener. Each individual has a unique linguistic code that was developed since childhood and influenced by several internal and external stimuli. Statement Analysis is the science to determine the norms and detect deviation from it.
Statement analysis is about:
1. The subject’s choice of words and synonyms
2. Syntax and grammar, etc.
An individual giving a statement about "his little boy", his "child", "kid", "son", etc. has different meanings as function of the context. Interchanging words, e.g., "pistol", "revolver", "handgun", "weapon", "sidearm", "gun" is significant in trying to arrive at the truth. The above are two examples.
A portion of the Statement Analysis techniques are based on the rules of grammar. For example, if a person is describing an incident he/she is supposed to use past tense language if the statement is truthful. It does not matter if it occurred 10 minutes ago or 10 years ago, the person must describe the incident speaking in the past tense. Deceptive people who are making up a story will sometimes use present tense or future tenses. The switching from singular to plural, use of possessive pronouns, e.g., "my car", "a car", "the car" is all significant in making credibility determinations.
At the Nemesysco Service Center, we address ourselves to the written statement as well. Often we will have both a verbal statement and a written statement. This allows us to perform the two operations simultaneously and provide a result with a higher degree of accuracy. Written statements can be emailed or faxed to be analyzed. No interview with the subject is necessary.
Overall analysis time per statement is 1- 2 hours. Results are normally provided within 48 hours, and in urgent cases, we will provide the analysis in 24 hours or less.