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The Language of Police Interviewing

A Critical Analysis


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Georgina Heydon
    Pages 1-9
  3. Georgina Heydon
    Pages 10-46
  4. Georgina Heydon
    Pages 47-92
  5. Georgina Heydon
    Pages 93-147
  6. Georgina Heydon
    Pages 148-164
  7. Georgina Heydon
    Pages 165-193
  8. Georgina Heydon
    Pages 194-216
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 217-229

About this book


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 uses tools drawn from interactional sociolinguistics and conversation analysis for a detailed study 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. Critical discourse analytic techniques are used in interpreting the outcome and the implications for training are explored.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Monash UniversityAustralia

About the authors

GEORGINA HEYDON is a Research Fellow in the Linguistics Program at Monash University, Australia. She has also lectured in Linguistics at Aarhus University, Denmark.

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