Coerced Confessions: The Discourse of Bilingual Police Interrogations
The book presents a discourse analysis of police interrogations involving U.S. Hispanic suspects accused of crimes. The study is unique in that it concentrates on interrogations involving suspects whose first language is not English and police officers who have a rudimentary knowledge of Spanish. It examines the pitfalls of using police officers as interpreters at custodial interrogations.
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language and institutional power
issues in pretrial phases of the judicial process
the role of footing in the interrogation of a limitedEnglishspeaking murder suspect
admitting to murder but resisting an accusation of attempted rape
Chapter 5 Does every yeah mean yes in a police interrogation?
Chapter 6 Pidginization and asymmetrical communicative accommodation in a child molestation case
linguistic and extralinguistic evidence of coercion in a police interrogation
Chapter 8 Conclusions