Why do so many suspects end up confessing to a crime without ever seeing a lawyer?

I’m much more interested in how this particular speech pattern became known as “the female register” than I am in the legal aspects of this discussion.

Once they have been arrested, even the toughest thugs turn to jelly. More precisely, Ainsworth says suspects lapse into a deferential mode called the female register, identified in women’s speech 25 years ago. When speaking in this way, people turn statements into questions and avoid direct commands. They use the conditional form of verbs, such as “might”, “may” and “should”, to weaken the impact of what they are saying. They also hedge everything with phrases such as “kind of” and use inflections more appropriate to questions.”

link via Follow Me Here …

2024-02-20: Broken links in this post have been removed and/or updated.

Post the first comment:

I'll never share your email address and it won't be published.

What Is This?

davidgagne.net is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.


A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.