Using Halliday’s transitivity framework to analyse Harold Shipman’s jury trial transcripts: establishing new markers of verbal deception

Kirby, David (2016) Using Halliday’s transitivity framework to analyse Harold Shipman’s jury trial transcripts: establishing new markers of verbal deception. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation attempts to create new markers of linguistic deception by using a Hallidayan Transitivity analysis of Harold Shipman’s jury trial, which is available online. This was done using a corpus of five days of data, with two days taken from the friendly examination and the other three from the hostile examination. This corpus was then used to make concordances, and investigate the frequency of process types in these two contexts. After which, a more detailed analysis of verbal processes, and what they were commonly associated with was conducted; as well as an exploration of Shipman’s use of relational process sub-types before ending with an investigation into the varying uses of first and third person pronouns as participants in the process.
    Many scholars in this field have found Markers of Deception (MODs), as they are a quick and efficient way for legal professionals, such as lawyers and police officers to gauge whether someone is likely to be acting deceptively. This is also the end goal for this study. From the analysis of transitive processes between the two contexts, a number of markers of deceptive behaviour are presented in the conclusion as being the most effective for such a purpose.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 13:56
    Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 13:56
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22318

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