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The question of question types in police interviews: A review of the literature from a psychological and linguistic perspective.

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Gavin Oxburgh


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The past two decades has seen a plethora of papers and academic research conducted on investigative interviews with victims, witnesses and suspected offenders, with a particular focus on questioning techniques and typologies. However, despite this research, there still remain significant discrepancies amongst academic researchers and practitioners over how best to describe types of questions. This article considers the available literature relating to interviews with children and adults from both a psychological and linguistic perspective. In particular, we examine how different types of questions are described, and explore the discrepancies between competing definitions.

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Author(s): Oxburgh GE, Myklebust T, Grant T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Speech, Language & the Law

Year: 2010

Volume: 17

Issue: 1

Pages: 45-66

ISSN (print): 1748-8885

ISSN (electronic): 1748-8893

Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1558/ijsll.v17i1.45


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