Publication details [#53881]

Arciuli, Joanne, David Mallard and Gina Villar. 2010. “Um, I can tell you're lying”: Linguistic markers of deception versus truth-telling in speech. Applied Psycholinguistics 31 (3) : 397–411.
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Cambridge University Press


This study adds to our comprehension of the linguistic markers of deception behavior ("um" and "like") and more generally to the role of “um” in communication. The findings suggest that "um" may not be correctly conceptualized as speech disfluency/error whose enhanced usage coincides with increased arousal during lying, but may instead possess a lexical status comparable to interjections and make up a significant part of authentic communication.