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Published: 21 March 2019

288 Pages


ISBN: 9780190210335

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Shallow Equality and Symbolic Jurisprudence in Multilingual Legal Orders

Janny H.C. Leung

Oxford Studies in Language and Law

  • The first book to provide overarching and global analysis of legal multilingualism
  • Draws from case studies of bilingual and multilingual jurisdictions to show the true scale of this global phenomenon
  • Critiques the nature of official language status in courts, dismissing its emancipatory reputation
  • Combines interdisciplinary insights drawn from history, linguistics, law, and political science to reveal the inadequacy of official multilingualism
  • Links these trends with wider issues of globalization, decolonization, and capitalism