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Police Investigative Interviews and Interpreting

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Police interviews with suspects and witnesses provide some of the most significant evidence in criminal investigations. Frequently challenging, they require special training and skills. This interaction process is further complicated when the suspect or witness does not speak the same language as the interviewer. A professional reference that can be used in police training or in any venue where an interpreter is used, Police Investigative Interviews and Interpreting: Context, Challenges, and Strategies provides solutions for the range of interview demands found in today's multilingual environments. Topics include: What interpreting is, the skills required, and the role of interpreters in any job context Investigative interviewing in law enforcement Concerns about interpreter intervention and its impact on interview outcomes The value of word-based over meaning-based interpretation in police and legal contexts Nonlinguistic factors that can have an impact on the interpreting process The book explores the multi-faceted dynamics of conducting investigative interviews via interpreters and examines current investigative interviewing paradigms. It offers strategies to help interpreters and law enforcement officers and provides examples of interpreted interview excerpts to enable understanding. Although the subject matter and the examples in this book are largely limited to police interview settings, the underlying rationale applies to other professional areas that rely on interviews to collect information, including customs procedures, employer-employee interviews, and insurance claim investigations. This book is part of the CRC Press Advances in Police Theory and Practice Series.
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The Interpreting Profession What Is Interpreting? Interpreters Are Like Role of Interpreter The Interpreting Process What Is Being Transferred Across Languages? Lexis Across Languages-and Beyond Classification of Meaning Core Competence of an Interpreter Skills Required for Interpreting Bilingualism: Language Competence Biculturalism: Cultural/Contextual Knowledge Transfer Skills Modes of Interpreting The Professional Role of Interpreters in Legal Settings Investigative Interviewing The Significance of Investigative Interviews Interviewing Skills of Police Officers When Interpreters Are Needed Impact of Interpreting on Questioning Strategies Used By Police Main Features of Police Discourse Power Asymmetry Primary versus Secondary Reality Lexical Choice Produced for a Third Party Turn-Taking Highly Prescriptive Opening and Closing Two Major Police Interview Models The PEACE Model The Reid Technique Overview of Interpreting Challenges and Interpreter Conduct Issues Overview of Interpreter Intervention The Role of Professional Interpreters Conduct Issues of Professional Interpreters Interpreter Giving Instructions or Prodding Speaker Into Action Managing Issues Resulting From Power Asymmetry Linguistic Transfer Issues in Police Interpreting and Recommended Strategies Style of Interpreting: Free versus Literal The Law and Words Literal Rule Purpose (Golden) Rule Mischief Rule The Power of Words Handling Interviewer's Rapport-Building Strategies Misinterpreting Lexical Items/Collocations Misinterpreting Grammatical Structures/Units Active and Passive Sentence Structures Definite and Indefinite Articles Personality and Linguistic Skills: Author Profiling Managing Speech Styles of Speakers Other Linguistic Related and Nonlinguistic Issues in Police Interpreting and Recommended Strategies Managing Turn-Taking Managing Overlapping Turns in Police Interviews Managing Deliberate Attempts to Undermine Communication Dealing With Nonfluency and Paralinguistic Features Maintaining "Hedges" Strengthening/Clarifying Answers Hyperformality Managing Multicomponent Questions and Answers: "Chunking" Issues Managing Clarification Conclusion References Index

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