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The common law in two voices : language, law, and the postcolonial dilemma in Hong Kong

Author: Kwai Hang Ng
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2009.
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Hong Kong is one of the very few places in the world where the common law can be practised in a language other than English. Introduced into the courtroom over a decade ago, Cantonese has significantly altered the everyday working of the common law in China's most Westernised city. This book explores how English and Cantonese respectively reinforce and undermine the practice of legal formalism. This first-ever  Read more...
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Ng, Kwai Hang.
Common law in two voices.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2009
(DLC) 2008055821
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kwai Hang Ng
OCLC Number: 647835979
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 328 pages)
Contents: The challenge of legal bilingualism in Hong Kong --
Juridical formalism and the mechanism of legal rearticulation --
The practices of English and Cantonese in colonial Hong Kong --
English courtrooms in Hong Kong : the haven of formalism --
Marshalling the legal boundaries : court interpreters and juridical formalism --
The Cantonese courtrooms : formalism in flux --
Language ideology and legal bilingualism --
Institutional adaptation to legal bilingualism --
Legal bilingualism and Hong Kong's postcolonial dilemma.
Responsibility: Kwai Hang Ng.

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This book examines how language changes the way law is debated and negotiated, focusing on the courtrooms of postcolonial Hong Kong.  Read more...

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