Managing Silence

  • Ikuko Nakane


This chapter explores the role which silence plays in interpreter-mediated police interviews. Silence is rarely treated as something that should be translated in the interpreting process, but despite the status of silence as an ‘uninterpretable’ unit, silent pauses are at times treated as meaningful, not only by interpreters but also by interviewing officers and suspects.


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© Ikuko Nakane 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ikuko Nakane
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  1. 1.Asia InstituteUniversity of MelbourneAustralia

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