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ERIC Number: EJ1369113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
EISSN: EISSN-1613-3684
Managing a Discourse of Reporting: The Complex Composing of an Asylum Narrative
Wadensjö, Cecilia; Rehnberg, Hanna Sofia; Nikolaidou, Zoe
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v42 n2 p191-213 Mar 2023
The aim of this study is to demonstrate how the presence of an emerging written record may affect the content of an asylum narrative, based on which a decision concerning the asylum claimant's right to receive protection eventually is taken. The lion's share of studies on interpreter-mediated asylum interviews to date focus on risks involved with assigning non-professionals to perform the interpreting. This study draws specifically on a 3.5 min-long sequence taken from an asylum interview involving a professional interpreter, working between Russian and Swedish, and the corresponding paragraph of the Swedish-language written minutes, produced in parallel by the caseworker at a Migration Agency office. The study demonstrates something that hasn't been highlighted much in the literature on asylum interviews, namely the mutual impact of the interpreter-mediated communicative format--the specific turn taking order and the restricted linguistic transparency--and the parallel record keeping; the intricate passage from two spoken languages to an asylum narrative in the form of a text written in one of these languages.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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