Interpreter-mediated Police Interviews: A Discourse-Pragmatic Approach

Hardcover | July 15, 2014

byIkuko Nakane

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This book shows how the participation of interpreters as mediators changes the dynamics of police interviews, particularly with regard to power struggles and competing versions of events.

Employing a range of approaches including conversation analysis, interactional sociolinguistics and legal narrative theory, Interpreter-mediated Police Interviews provides a detailed study of the impact of interpreter mediation on this area of the justice system. It reveals how turn-by-turn decisions of communication by all three participants, including the interpreter, affect the trajectory of the institutional discourse. By providing a better understanding of police interview discourse and exploring the practical implications of interpreter participation, this book contributes to the improvement of interpreter-mediated investigative interviews and will be of great interest to legal professionals as well as interpreters and their trainers.

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This book shows how the participation of interpreters as mediators changes the dynamics of police interviews, particularly with regard to power struggles and competing versions of events. Employing a range of approaches including conversation analysis, interactional sociolinguistics and legal narrative theory, Interpreter-mediated Poli...

Ikuko Nakane is Senior Lecturer at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research areas include language and law, intercultural communication and Japanese sociolinguistics. She is the author of Silence in Intercultural Communication and a number of articles in sociolinguistics and applied linguistics journals.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:246 pages, 8.81 × 5.61 × 0.84 inPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230355145

ISBN - 13:9780230355149

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Tripartite Police Interview Interaction
1. Police Interviews and Interpreter Mediation
2. Setting the Scene: The Police Interviews and the Interpreting
3. Mediated Questioning and Balance of Power
4. Mediated Responses and Balance of Power
5. Miscommunication and Repair
6. Managing Silence
7. Mediated Reality Construction: Conclusions