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On the production and elicitation of expanded answers to yes/no questions in interpreter-mediated trial
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, The Institute for Interpretation and Translation Studies.
2010 (English)In: Text and context: essays on translation and interpreting in honour of Ian Mason / [ed] Mona Baker, Maeve Olohan and María Calzada Pérez, Manchester: St Jerome Publishing , 2010, 1, 9-26 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This article offers a comparative analysis of sequences drawn from two interpreter-mediated (Swedish-Russian) court trials, documented in Sweden. In single-language trials, defendants’ ability to gain conversational space to expand a minimal answer heavily depends on the immediate sanction of the legal questioners. In interpreter-mediated court proceedings, however, the analysis suggests that the ability of foreign-language speaking defendants to expand a narrative is relatively independent of the direct sanctions of the questioners. Overall, the analysis indicates that, similarly to the strategies used by defendants to produce answers, questioning strategies used by legal questioners tend to function somewhat differently in face-to-face interpreter-mediated court trials, compared to single-language trials. This, it is assumed, must be explained by a range of linguistic and pragmatic factors. Those explored in this paper include the potentially increased multifunctionality of conversational units in interpreter-mediated encounters, the various means by which foreign-language defendants attempt to project further talk, the restricted immediate access of the legal questioners to these means, and the various ways in which interpreters may deal with the ambiguity of spontaneous spoken discourse.

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Manchester: St Jerome Publishing , 2010, 1. 9-26 p.
Keyword [en]
court interpreting, talk and social interaction, yes/no questions, Swedish-Russian
Keyword [sv]
tolkning, domstolsförhandling, svenska-ryska, tal och social interaktion
Research subject
Linguistics; Criminology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-40097ISBN: 978-1-905763-25-2OAI: diva2:322598
Available from: 2010-06-07 Created: 2010-06-07 Last updated: 2010-10-15Bibliographically approved

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