Often in police interviews where an interpreter is present, the interviewers and interviewees address the interpreter instead of each other; occasionally they might switch from one to another (sometimes more than once) in the course of the same interview. This project aims to use naturally-occurring data to investigate, from a discourse-analytical perspective, the possible consequences of this phenomenon in terms of rapport-building and the achievement of conversational goals.
Start date:October 2018
Research Topic:Pronoun deixis in interpreted police interviews
Research Supervisor:Chris Heffer
Supervising school:Ysgol Saesneg, Cyfathrebu ac Athroniaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd
Primary funding source:ESRC Studentship
Research keywords:Forensic linguistics; Interpreting; Investigative interviews; Legal interpreting; Police interviews