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dc.contributor.authorCao, Deborahen_US
dc.contributor.editorJacob L Meyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-04T16:51:53Z
dc.date.available2017-04-04T16:51:53Z
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.modified2009-11-05T06:06:32Z
dc.identifier.issn0378-2166en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.pragma.2006.08.005en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/18144
dc.description.abstractUncertainty, linguistic or otherwise, may lead to legal disputes. More complications are likely to arise when more than one language is involved. Inter-lingual uncertainty such as ambiguity, vagueness and other meaning indeterminacy is an area that has not received sufficient attention, in particular with regard to language used in law. This essay focuses on inter-lingual uncertainty with specific reference to legislative texts. It identifies three sources of gap in meaning in bilingual and multilingual laws, and discusses how the courts in Canada, Hong Kong and the European Court of Justice approach and construe meaning in such cases of linguistic uncertainty. It argues that judicial interpretation in the case of linguistic uncertainty is unique and is constrained by established laws, statutory interpretive rules, policy and other considerations. This is particularly the case for bilingual and multilingual law for the reconciliation of legal meanings and harmonisation of laws. The court has to resolve linguistic uncertainties to provide the uniform interpretation that the law requires. This has implications for the study of legal language, legal translation and pragmatics.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03782166en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom69en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto83en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Pragmaticsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume39en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode390302en_US
dc.titleInter-lingual uncertainty in bilingual and multilingual lawen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Languages and Linguisticsen_US
gro.date.issued2007
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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