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  • Smart Talk and Girly Talk on the Campaign Trail(Study: Kerry depressed, Edwards girly, Cheney smart)

    04/04/2006 3:48:02 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 38 replies · 1,263+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/4/06 | Richard Morin
    President Bush and Vice President Cheney sounded more presidential than their Democratic counterparts. Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) seemed the most depressed or suicidal. And Kerry's running mate, Sen. John Edwards K(N.C.), sounded the most like a "girly man." Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin collected transcripts of 271 televised interviews, news conferences, town hall meetings and candidate debates conducted in 2004. The speech samples -- more than 400,000 words in all -- were run through a computer text-analysis program... ...The key to their study is previous research that has identified subtle but distinctive linguistic patterns and words...