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Author Ng, Kwai Hang.

Title The Common Law in Two Voices : Language, Law, and the Postcolonial Dilemma in Hong Kong
Published Palo Alto : Stanford University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (354 pages)
Contents Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; A Note on Orthography and Transcription; A Note on Terminology; Part One -- Understanding Law and Language in Hong Kong; 1 The Challenge of Legal Bilingualism in Hong Kong; 2 Juridical Formalism and the Mechanism of Legal Rearticulation; 3 The Practices of English and Cantonese in Colonial Hong Kong; Part Two -- How Cantonese and English Work in the Courts; 4 English Courtrooms in Hong Kong: The Haven of Formalism; 5 Marshaling the Legal Boundaries: Court Interpreters and Juridical Formalism; 6 Cantonese Courtrooms: Formalism in Flux
Part Three Legal Bilingualism and the Rule of Law7 Language Ideology and Legal Bilingualism; 8 Institutional Adaptation to Legal Bilingualism; 9 Legal Bilingualism and the Postcolonial Dilemma; Appendix: Methodology; List of Abbreviations; Notes; List of Cases Cited; Bibliography
Summary This book examines how language changes the way law is debated and negotiated, focusing on the courtrooms of postcolonial Hong Kong
Notes Print version record
Subject Cantonese dialects -- Social aspects -- China -- Hong Kong.
Conduct of court proceedings -- China -- Hong Kong -- Language.
English language -- Social aspects -- China -- Hong Kong.
Law -- China -- Hong Kong -- Language.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0804772355 (electronic bk)
9780804772358 (electronic bk)