Download e-book for iPad: Coerced Confessions: The Discourse of Bilingual Police by Susan Berk-Seligson

By Susan Berk-Seligson

ISBN-10: 3110213486

ISBN-13: 9783110213485

The booklet offers a discourse research of police interrogations related to U.S. Hispanic suspects accused of crimes. The learn is exclusive in that it concentrates on interrogations related to suspects whose first language isn't really English and cops who've a rudimentary wisdom of Spanish. It examines the pitfalls of utilizing law enforcement officials as interpreters at custodial interrogations.
Using an interactional sociolinguistic discourse analytical strategy, the ebook bargains a microlinguistic exam of interrogations concerning people accused of homicide, baby molestation, and kidnapping. conversation problems are proven to come up from suspects' constrained talent in English and law enforcement officials' both constrained skillability in Spanish, coupled with the unwillingness of those officials to stay in interpreter footing. the amount demonstrates how pidginization and asymmetrical communicative lodging can emerge in such events of hugely unequal strength family members. It additionally demonstrates how cultural components corresponding to acquiescence to interlocutors of higher authority and better socioeconomic prestige can lead folks of yes Latin American backgrounds to interact in "gratuitous concurrence", answering "yes" to police questions even if it really is transparent that that those yes-tokens aren't really affirmative responses to these questions. moreover, the booklet presents proof of the types of abuse which can consequence from police interrogations that aren't electronically recorded.
Coerced Confessions reviews appellate situations concerning police interpreters spanning a thirty-four-year interval, and concludes that the Miranda rights are put in jeopardy whilst a police officer is assigned the position of interpreter at a custodial interrogation.

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