Gries and Slocum, ‘Ordinary Meaning and Corpus Linguistics’

Abstract
This paper demonstrates how corpus analysis, and similar empirically-based methods of language study, can help inform judicial assessments about language meaning. We first briefly outline our view of legal language and interpretation in order to demonstrate the importance of the ordinary meaning doctrine, and thus the relevance of tools such as corpus analysis, to legal interpretation. Despite the heterogeneity of the current judicial interpretive process, and the importance of the specific context relevant to the statute at issue, conventions of meaning that cut across contexts are a necessary aspect of legal interpretation …

Gries, Stefan Th and Slocum, Brian G, Ordinary Meaning and Corpus Linguistics (October 14, 2017). Brigham Young University Law Review, 2018.

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