Paradoxical invitations: challenges in soliciting more information from child witnesses
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThis article analyses how police officers conducting interviews with children reporting their being victim of alleged sexual offenses ask witness if they would like to add to what has been said or whether they have any questions. Interviewing guidelines recommend that this be done during interview closure. The data set comprises twenty-seven videotaped interviews. Data are in British English. Using Conversation Analysis, we show that the understanding of interview closure as an appropriate place in which to request for the initiation of a new topic is paradoxical. We also outline practices for soliciting additional information throughout the course of the interview.
CitationChilds, C., and Walsh, D. (2018) ‘Paradoxical invitations: challenges in soliciting more information from child witnesses’ Research on Language and Social Interaction, 51(4), pp. 363-378. doi: 10.1080/08351813.2018.1524561
PublisherTaylor & Francis
JournalResearch on Language and Social Interaction