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The Discourse of Police Interviews

Edited by Marianne Mason and Frances Rock

The Discourse of Police Interviews

Edited by Marianne Mason and Frances Rock

336 pages | 7 line drawings, 3 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2019
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780226647791 Will Publish February 2020
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780226647654 Will Publish February 2020
E-book $40.00 ISBN: 9780226647821 Will Publish February 2020
Forensic linguistics, or the study of language and the law, is a growing field of scholarly and public interest. Yet books on the subject have predominantly been introductions to the field or aimed at summarizing its applications, often with a focus on a single aspect of the legal system. The Discourse of Police Interviews aims to further the discussion by focusing exclusively on how police interviews are constructed and used to investigate and prosecute crimes.

The first book to focus exclusively on police interview dialogue, The Discourse of Police Interviews examines leading debates, approaches, and topics in contemporary police interview research. Among other topics, the book explores the sociolegal, psychological, and discursive framework of popular police interview techniques employed in the United States and the United Kingdom, such as PEACE and Reid, and the discursive practices of institutional representatives like police officers and interpreters that can influence the construction and quality of linguistic evidence. Together, the contributions situate the police interview as part of a complex, and multistage, criminal justice process. Despite the role of discourse in potentially shaping legal outcomes, the use of linguistic analysis to understand the legal process is yet to be fully and uniformly embraced, and the book will be of interest to both scholars and practitioners in a variety of fields, such as linguistic anthropology, interpreting studies, criminology, law, and sociology.
 
Contents
List of Conventions

Chapter 1. Introduction
Marianne Mason

Section 1. The Discourse of Reid and PEACE

Chapter 2. When Police Interview Victims of Sexual Assault: Comparing Written Guidance to Interactional Practice
Elizabeth Stokoe, Charles Antaki, Emma Richardson, and Sara Willott

Chapter 3. Obtaining Valid Discourse from Suspects PEACE-fully: What Role for Rapport and Empathy?
Ray Bull and Bianca Baker

Chapter 4. The Guilt-Presumptive Nature of Custodial Interrogations in the United States: The Use of Confrontation, Appeals to Self-Interest, and Sympathy/Minimization in the Reid Technique
Marianne Mason

Chapter 5. The Discourse Structure of Blame Mitigation in a Police Interrogation
Philip Gaines

Section 2. Police Interview Dynamics and Negotiation

Chapter 6. Now the Rest of the Story: The Collaborative Production of Confession Narratives in Police Interrogations
Gary C. David and James Trainum

Chapter 7. Patterns of Cooperation between Police Interviewers with Suspected Sex Offenders
Tatiana Tkacukova and Gavin E. Oxburgh

Chapter 8. Supporting Competing Narratives: A Membership Categorization Analysis of Identity Work in Police-Detainee Talk
David Yoong and Ayeshah Syed

Section 3. Discursive Transformations in Bilingual Police Interviews

Chapter 9. Narrative Construction in Interpreted Police Interviews
Ikuko Nakane

Chapter 10. Interactional Management in a Simulated Police Interview: Interpreters’ Strategies
Sandra Hale, Jane Goodman-Delahunty, and Natalie Martschuk

Chapter 11. Non-Native Speakers, Miranda Rights, and Custodial Interrogation
Bethany K. Dumas

Section 4. The Discursive Journey and Institutional Applications of Police Interviews

Chapter 12. “Tell Me in Your Own Words…”: Reconciling Institutional Salience and Witness-Compatible Language in Police Interviews with Women Reporting Rape
Nicci MacLeod

Chapter 13. “Are You Saying You Were Stabbed . . . ?”: Multimodality, Embodied Action, and Dramatized Formulations in “Fixing” the Facts in Police Interviews with Suspects
Alison Johnson

Chapter 14. Functions of Transmodal Metalanguage for Collaborative Writing in Police-Witness Interviews
Frances Rock

Chapter 15. Reconstructing Suspects’ Stories in Various Police Record Styles
Tessa (T. C.) van Charldorp

Chapter 16. Police Records in Court: The Narrative Fore- and Backgrounding of Information by Judges in Inquisitorial Criminal Court
Fleur van der Houwen

Index
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