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Just telling what is going to happen. The initial phase of a judicial social investigation interview

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  • Nottingham French Studies. - 2011, vol. 50, no. 2, p. 154-176
English This article analyses the sequential and situated organisation of the initial phase of social investigator-suspect interviews in the framework of French accelerated criminal procedures. The social investigator starts the interview by introducing a preliminary telling activity in which she announces and presents it and the subsequent steps of the procedure to the suspect. This activity is accomplished through an extended turn at talk by the investigator which indicates that more talk is to come and makes turn transition irrelevant. From time to time the investigator intersects tokens like ‘okay?’, ‘huh?’ and ‘all right?’ which segment the telling and display that an element has just been delivered. In most cases, these tokens neither solicit nor obtain agreement with, confirmation of, or marks of understanding of what has been said. They are part of the interlocutors’interactive work of producing a non-binding activity, a telling just to be delivered and received.
Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines
Département des sciences sociales
  • English
Demography, sociology, statistics
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