posted on Nov, 24 2008 @ 12:42 PM
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I've listened to both calls, though I'd prefer to do a little more analysis. (I'm not an expert in this area, BTW.)
FWIW, I got no gut reaction the first call, but then I had been prepared to hear a disturbing call. The second call, I felt fear in my gut, but it
could've been explained by the acting. (Or something else?)
This is my non-expert mini-analysis of the calls. Basically, I got the feeling the first call was genuine and the second call was a forced recantation
of the first. However, in the interest of objectivity, I (along with others here) think it's possible that he had mental/emotional issues or simply
felt really guilty about his prank call. So he was trying to come off as least threatening as possible while making the confession and apology. Keep
in mind, I don't have time to analyze every bit of this. I think it would be helpful if someone could do a professional voice analysis of the audio
to see if it's indeed the same person. An expert could also possibly tell if the fear is genuine in the respective audios.
The speech patterns make me think it's the same person, though I can't be absolutely sure. Speech patterns can be copied by a good actor, of course.
And I will say I've only had a basic college linguistics course, so all I have is a little to go on but I do have a general idea of linguistic
nuances (i.e., maybe I tend to listen for them).
In the first call, "Brian" sounds intelligent, or at least verbally conscientious, to me. He carefully enunciates what he says. He also pronounces
"them" as "thum". I'm not sure what that means, but it sounds especially delicate to the ear, though I can't put my finger on why. And I don't
know what group or dialect of English uses that style. In any case, contrast this overall style of speech with that of the second call, where he seems
to try to dumb down the way he talks. Note: I'm not calling anyone who speaks like this "dumb". I'm just saying that he's using a different style
and one not as intellectual or trying to sound intellectual. Seems to me the pattern is his own personality in the first call, unless he was a very
studied actor who was going for that effect. If that were the case, though, I would think he would have pulled off the second call a little better,
So, in the second call, with this change of style, he addresses Art Bell as "ya" twice (versus "you). It's like he's trying to seem
non-intimidating or folksy. He says "I always get nervous when I call ya", which may also be a way to explain away the natural franticness of the
first call, too. You could possibly write off this drop in register (formality) of speech to a conciliatory tone where he is not wanting to alienate
the host of his beloved talk show. Honestly, some of the speech seemed natural and believable to me in this second call, too, like where he says "I
humbly apologize". Anyway, people *can* switch registers at times, so it might make sense that he'd naturally change this way when he's
leveling with Art and the audience.
Here are other bits where it seems he's downplaying his intelligence or the register of his speech: "drivin' me bananas for months" [chops off the
final 'g'] and the usage twice of "heebi-jeebies". Actually, he misused that term, as it means "the creeps" as in "gave me the creeps." So,
"scared the heebi-jeebies out of me" sounds wrong right away to my ear. Either he is accustomed to trying too hard to mold how people see him
(anyone can make the mistake of misusing an unfamiliar phrase) or he is not used to talking like that so he's fumbling with it in his attempt to
sound relatable in his fake confession.
[edit on 24-11-2008 by wintermarches]