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Title: Defamation case law in Hong Kong : a corpus-based study
Authors: Cheng, L
Cheng, W 
Li, J
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Semiotica, 2016, v. 2016, no. 208, p. 203-222
Abstract: Defamation law is a long-standing research focus. Previous studies on defamation law have pointed out the importance of balancing two fundamental issues in law, namely, protection of reputation and freedom of speech. The present corpus-based legal study, using ConcGram 1.0 as the analytical tool, examined the phraseological profile of reported cases on defamation in Hong Kong in order to find out the types of defense and the approach to meaning in the defamation case law in Hong Kong. Regarding defenses to a defamation claim, the results show that fair comment, qualified privilege, and justification are the most prevalent types, that unintentional defamation is not used at all, and that there has been a noticeable shift from fair comment to honest comment. As for the approach to meaning, the ordinary and natural approach is found to be a pivotal means of solving the threshold problem in defamation cases, that is, whether the words involved are defamatory or not.
Keywords: Corpus approach
Dase law
Defamation
Defenses
Hong Kong
Linguistic evidence
Publisher: Mouton De Gruyter
Journal: Semiotica 
ISSN: 0037-1998
DOI: 10.1515/sem-2015-0114
Rights: © Walter de Gruyter GmbH
The following publication Cheng, L., Cheng, W., & Li, J. (2016). Defamation case law in Hong Kong: A corpus-based study. Semiotica, 2016(208), 203-222 is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/sem-2015-0114. The final publication is available at www.degruyter.com
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