Fieldwork in Hong Kong was made possible by financial support from Social Science Research Council (International Dissertation Research Fellowship). Preparation of this article was supported by funding from UCSD Faculty Career Development Program and Hellman Fellowship. I would like to thank Andrew Abbott, Susan Gal, Gregory Matoesian, Elizabeth Mertz, Leslie Salzinger for their comments and criticisms of earlier versions of the article. Special thanks to the two anonymous reviewers and LSR editor Carroll Seron for their detailed comments and suggestions. The two anonymous reviewers also provided me with valuable information on the relevant literature for this inter-disciplinary paper. I also thank Kate McDonald for her comments and help. Last but not least, I am grateful to the litigants, counsel, and judges I met and interviewed and to the Hong Kong Judiciary for allowing me to obtain official tape recordings of the trial sessions I selected to study.
“If I lie, I tell you, may heaven and earth destroy me.” Language and Legal Consciousness in Hong Kong Bilingual Common Law
Version of Record online: 20 MAY 2009
© 2009 Law and Society Association
Law & Society Review
Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 369–404, June 2009
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Ng, K. H. (2009), “If I lie, I tell you, may heaven and earth destroy me.” Language and Legal Consciousness in Hong Kong Bilingual Common Law. Law & Society Review, 43: 369–404. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5893.2009.00376.x
- Issue online: 20 MAY 2009
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