“I never said that”: Negotiating misunderstandings in police interviews

Elder, Chi-Hé ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3702-5397 and Filipović, Luna (2024) “I never said that”: Negotiating misunderstandings in police interviews. Pragmatics and Society. ISSN 1878-9714

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Police interviewers in England and Wales engage in the practice of investigative interviewing that is based on obtaining neutral, institutionally accepted account from suspects. This involves a process not only of eliciting information from suspects, but also of managing the interview by choosing topics for questioning, seeking clarification and additional details, and shaping the account to fulfil institutional requirements. Interviewers must therefore be sensitive to any unclear meanings from the suspect and avoid potential misunderstandings in order to avoid misrepresentation of account. This study uses authentic police interview data to exemplify the interactional process of meaning negotiation between police officers and suspects, examining how multiple constraints of this very restrictive communication context can affect which meanings are put on record and resolved, and which are ignored or left unresolved. The paper finishes by offering practical applicable insights about how interviewers can avoid misunderstandings in the interview room.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Area Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2024 08:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 09:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/94897
DOI: 10.1075/ps.21080.eld


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