Publication details [#1944]


This paper investigates an authentic case of an interpreter-mediated police interrogation. More precisely, it concentrates on the police-officer’s strategies for eliciting from the suspect her spontaneous story about the case of minor theft that is under investigation. The analysis suggests that the functions of the questioning strategies, which are of types that are usually found in interrogations, can be affected substantially by the dynamics of the interpreter-mediated conversation. The conclusion to be drawn from this is that interpreter-mediated interrogations must be explored and understood in their own right as a particular kind of three-party communication. The analysis makes an important theoretical distinction between talk represented as text and talk seen as activity.
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