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Interpreter-mediated Police Interviews

A Discourse-Pragmatic Approach


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ikuko Nakane
    Pages 65-106
  3. Ikuko Nakane
    Pages 107-163
  4. Ikuko Nakane
    Pages 164-205
  5. Ikuko Nakane
    Pages 206-222
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-235

About this book


This book shows how participation of interpreters as mediators changes the dynamics of police interviews, particularly with regard to power struggles and competing versions of events. The analysis of interaction offers insights into language in the legal process.


Police interviews Legal discourse Legal interpreting Interpreter mediated discourse Intercultural communication communication construction discourse dynamics event interaction interpret Interpreter interview language media police

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Asia InstituteUniversity of MelbourneAustralia

About the authors

Ikuko Nakane is Senior Lecturer at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research areas include language and law, intercultural communication and Japanese sociolinguistics. She is the author of Silence in Intercultural Communication and a number of articles in sociolinguistics and applied linguistics journals.

Bibliographic information


“Explore the impact of interpreter mediation on police investigative interviews and the challenges that arise for those involved, with a view to recommending strategies towards a more effective handling of these. … Nakane’s monograph sets out to approach the interpreter-mediated suspect interview as tripartite interaction taking place in a specific institutional context. … the monograph by Nakane is directed primarily at researchers specialised in exploring institutional discourse.” (Isabelle Perez, Interpreting, Vol. 18 (1), 2016)