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Managing a discourse of reporting: the complex composing of an asylum narrative
Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Institute for Interpreting and Translation Studies, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Scandinavian Languages, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6262-4607
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Swedish Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9383-3279
2023 (English)In: Multilingua - Journal of Cross-cultural and Interlanguage Communication, ISSN 0167-8507, E-ISSN 1613-3684, Vol. 42, no 2, p. 191-213Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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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Mouton de Gruyter, 2023. Vol. 42, no 2, p. 191-213
Keywords [en]
asylum interviews, asylum narratives, coordinating talk and text, interpreter-mediated interaction
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General Language Studies and Linguistics International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49112DOI: 10.1515/multi-2022-0017ISI: 000799106600001Local ID: 3374/3.1.1/2016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-49112DiVA, id: diva2:1663609
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Co-construction and recontextualisation of migrants’ narratives in the asylum process, The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 70/2016Available from: 2022-06-02 Created: 2022-06-02 Last updated: 2023-06-13Bibliographically approved

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