Police Interviews

Communication challenges and solutions

| University of East Anglia
ISBN 9789027209368 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
ISBN 9789027259066 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
This collection breaks new ground in police communication research. It involves the first instance of the same dataset being analysed from different theoretical and methodological perspectives as well as providing original and detailed insights into both monolingual and bilingual UK police interviews and US police interrogations of suspects. The topics include the role of metacommunication and its appropriate vs. inappropriate use in evidence elicitation, assessment of mitigation vs. aggravation strategies in questioning, identification of right vs. wrong empathy and the importance of getting it right, effects on complexity in police speak on quantity and quality of information obtained, and the multiple challenges that affect interpreter-mediated exchanges in this highly sensitive communicative context. All levels of linguistic meaning are covered, words, constructions, sentences, discourse, and contextualised within psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic knowledge about inferencing, emotion, and social interaction. This holistic approach helps us explain where, when and why communicative conflicts arise in this sensitive context and propose concrete practical solutions to resolve them. This volume will be useful and relevant to both academics, students and researchers, and to professionals in the domains of language and the law. Originally published as special issue of Pragmatics and Society 10:1 (2019).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 118]  2021.  v, 151 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Police interviews: Communication challenges and solutions
Luna Filipović
Evidence-gathering in police interviews: Communication problems and possible solutions
Luna Filipović
“You keep telling us different things, what do we believe?” Meta-communication and meta-representation in police interviews
Andreas Musolff
“Would it be fair to say that you actively sought out material?” Mitigation and aggravation in police investigative interviews
Carlos de Pablos-Ortega
Translating accurately or sounding natural? The interpreters’ challenges due to semantic typology and the interpreting process
Alberto Hijazo-Gascón
Rapport-building in suspects’ police interviews: The role of empathy and face
Gabrina Pounds
Striving for impartiality: Conflicts of role, trust and emotion in interpreter-assisted police interviews
Lauren Wilson and Dave Walsh
Subject index
“Interviewing by police officers (and other agencies) is a topic of crucial importance around the world. How best to conduct such interviews in an effective yet ethical manner is of widespread concern, including to the United Nations which has accepted that a substantial guidance document on this topic be produced. The present volume is a significant contribution to this topic, with a commendable focus not only on the conducting of interviews but on the meaning of what is communicated.”
“This is a valuable and timely collection focussing on communication problems and the use of interpreters in police interview contexts. It provides a considerable addition to the growing literature which brings perspectives from linguistic investigative interviewing research. In this collection linguistic research can be seen to supplement and sometimes problematise the work of psychologists in this area – focussing on the communicative context and pragmatic approaches brings a richness of linguistic methods and findings. This combined with analyses of a multilingual and multi-jurisdictional dataset make a unique contribution to investigative interviewing research.”
Subjects & Metadata

Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2021016895 | Marc record