Date of this Version
Nebraska Anthropologist 2012
Statement analysis is used by forensic investigators to evaluate the truthfulness of written and verbal statements. Currently, it is most commonly used on contemporary documents to search for deception; often, these inquiries focus on persons under investigation for a crime. Recently, the use of statistical formulae was introduced to the field of forensic linguistics. Although initially limited primarily to law enforcement, implementation of forensic procedures such as statement analysis has since produced successful results within the field of archaeology. It thus seems likely that linguistic analysis may produce favorable results when applied to historic documents.