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Speak English or What?: Codeswitching and Interpreter Use in New York City Courts

Philipp Sebastian Angermeyer


This book presents a study of interpreter-mediated interaction in New York City small claims courts, drawing on audiorecorded arbitration hearings and ethnographic fieldwork. Focusing on the language use of speakers of Haitian Creole, Polish, Russian, or Spanish, the study explores how these litigants make use of their limited proficiency in English, in addition to communicating with the help of professional court interpreters. Drawing on research on language and law, talk and social interaction, court interpreting, and conversational codeswitching, the study explores how the ability of immigr ... More

Keywords: language and law, multilingualism, court interpreter, language ideology, courtroom, narrative, codeswitching, talk and social interaction, limited English proficiency, New York City

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199337569
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337569.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philipp Sebastian Angermeyer, author
York University