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Volume 16, Issue 1
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Abstract

This paper sets out to clarify the nature of fabrication in relation to conversational interaction. Drawing upon work in the conversation analysis tradition, the paper argues that two dimensions to talk-in-interaction can be distiguished which permit a clearer understanding of the idea of fabrication. Fabrication involves questions of content or substance where the functional end is one of deception, but it can also be seen as referring to practices involved in the production of talk in institutional settings – courtrooms, news interviews, etc. -where a degree of rehearsal of what is to be said is deemed necessary. The paper then explores these dimensions of fabrication in the context of an examination of a tape recorded exchange between a police officer and his informer, an encounter which has been alleged to have been an ‘artifical facade’.

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