LINGUIST List 16.209

Sun Jan 23 2005

Books: Discourse Analysis/Socioling: Heydon

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        1.    Palgrave Macmillan, The Language of Police Interviewing: Heydon

Message 1: The Language of Police Interviewing: Heydon

Date: 19-Jan-2005
From: Palgrave Macmillan <>
Subject: The Language of Police Interviewing: Heydon

Title: The Language of Police Interviewing
Subtitle: A Critical Analysis
Published: 2004
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Book URL:

Author: Georgina Heydon, Monash University

Hardback: ISBN: 1403917264 Pages: 248 Price: U.K. £ 45


Police interviewing is a critical part of the justice process, and more
attention is now being paid to training in interview techniques. This new
study from Australia uses tools drawn from interactional sociolinguistics
and Conversation Analysis for a detailed investigation of some police
questioning of adult suspects, and work undertaken in the training of
police in interviewing children - in which quite different approaches seem
to be adopted. The study powerfully illustrates the conflicts and
contradictions that threaten to undermine the success of criminal
proceedings and presents a fresh perspective on the balance between civil
liberties and police power. Critical Discourse analytic techniques are used
in interpreting the outcome. Both productive and counterproductive police
interview strategies are exposed and the implications for interview
training are explored.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (ENG )

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