Analysis explains debate speaking levels

Other News Materials 4 October 2008 06:20 (UTC +04:00)

An analysis carried out by a language monitoring service said Friday that Gov. Sarah Palin spoke at a more than 9th-grade level and Sen. Joseph Biden spoke at a nearly 8th-grade level in Thursday nightїs debate between the vice presidential candidates, reported CNN.

The analysis by the Austin, Texas-based Global Language Monitor said Palin, governor of Alaska and the GOP vice-presidential nominee, used the passive voice in 8 percent of her sentences, far more than the 5 percent used by the Democratic senator from Delaware.

The analysis noted that the їpassive voice can be used to deflect responsibility; Biden used active voice when referring to (Vice President) Cheney and (President) Bush; Palin countered with passive deflections.ї