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The Common Law in Two VoicesLanguage, Law, and the Postcolonial Dilemma in Hong Kong$
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Kwai Hang Ng

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761642

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761642.001.0001

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Language Ideology and Legal Bilingualism

Language Ideology and Legal Bilingualism

(p.203) Chapter 7 Language Ideology and Legal Bilingualism
The Common Law in Two Voices
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Drawing from in-depth interviews with judges and barristers, this chapter explains how the legal professionals' understandings of legal bilingualism are constructed through a stereotypic characterization of what English and Chinese are good and bad at. It describes how linguistic ideologies of English and Cantonese and their complex systems of ideas and interests through which people interpret linguistic practices rationalize and affect the use of the two languages in the legal realm.

Keywords:   legal bilingualism, linguistic ideologies, linguistic practices, English language, Cantonese language

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