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    TRAN A804BF
    Translation and the Use of Chinese in Law
    TRAN A804BF
    Translation and the Use of Chinese in Law

    Course Coordinator: Dr Emily Poon, LLB (Northumbria University), MA (CityU), PhD (HKU)

    Important notes
    This course will be taught via face-to-face mode. Lectures and tutorials will be scheduled on weekday evenings or Saturdays.

    This course is designed to give an overview of the features of legal Chinese in mainland China and Taiwan, as well as in Hong Kong, which has a bilingual legal system. The course will equip students with the linguistic knowledge and skills of legal Chinese in varied Chinese communities and a sensitivity to the linguistic problems that may arise when translating a text into Chinese.

    This course aims to:

    • Help students grasp the lexical, syntactic, semantic and stylistic features of the legal language in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong;

    • Instruct students to describe the translation approach employed in Hong Kong;

    • Teach students to identify the linguistic problems that may arise when translating a legal text into Chinese;

    • Prepare students to translate any common texts by using the knowledge and skills obtained in this course.


    • Legal terms used in Chinese legal texts in mainland China and Hong Kong, and their meanings

    • Structures and stylistic features of these legal texts

    • Comparison of the language features of these legal texts

    • Translation approaches

    • Linguistic problems

    • Solutions

    Contact hours
    Two and a half hours per week.

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