The rule of law and the threat of civil disobedience in Hong Kong: metaphorical structures in local media coverage

Wai Lin Leung, Jennifer Eagleton

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This corpus-based study compares media reports about the rule of law in Hong Kong SAR both before the threat of the Occupy Central with Love and Peace campaign in 2013 and after its realisation in 2014. The study compiled media corpora from English newspapers in Hong Kong (South China Morning Post and The Standard) and China (China Daily, Hong Kong Edition). It compared prevalent metaphors related to the rule of law between the two periods.

Prominent metaphors identified are explained with reference to historical legacies of the rule of law in Hong Kong and the principle of One Country, Two Systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-196
JournalLinguistics Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019


  • Rule of law
  • Civil disobedience
  • Occupy Movement
  • Occupy Central for Love and Peace campaign
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Critical Metaphor Analysis

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