Pragmatic Implicature and Implied Misinformation in Interrogations

Timothy Luke & Fabiana Alceste
Objective: Minimization is a legal interrogation tactic in which an interrogator attempts to alleviate a suspect’s anxiety associated with confessing to a crime. These studies aimed to examine the extent to which minimization pragmatically implies that a suspect will receive a more lenient sentence in exchange for a confession. Hypotheses: Generally, we predicted that participants who read an interrogation with a minimization theme or a direct promise of leniency would mistakenly expect more lenient sentences...
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