Coerced Confessions: The Discourse of Bilingual Police Interrogations

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Walter de Gruyter, 2009 - Law - 261 pages
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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. The volume examines the pitfalls of using police officers as interpreters at custodial interrogations.

 

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Contents

language and institutional power
1
issues in pretrial phases of the judicial process
15
the role of footing in the interrogation of a limitedEnglishspeaking murder suspect
38
admitting to murder but resisting an accusation of attempted rape
71
Chapter 5 Does every yeah mean yes in a police interrogation?
101
Chapter 6 Pidginization and asymmetrical communicative accommodation in a child molestation case
142
linguistic and extralinguistic evidence of coercion in a police interrogation
171
Chapter 8 Conclusions
211
Backmatter
218
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Susan Berk-Seligson, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA.

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