The pragmatic turn in law : inference and interpretation in legal discourse /
- Publication info:
- Boston ; Berlin : Walter de Gruyter Inc., 
Osgoode Hall Law School Library
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- The pragmatic turn in law : inference and interpretation in legal discourse / edited by Janet Giltrow and Dieter Stein.
- Other Authors:
Walter de Gruyter Inc., 2017
- Portion of Title:
- Inference and interpretation in legal discourse.
- Local Note:
Canadian contributors: Margery Fee and Janet Giltrow, University of British Columbia; Benjamin Sheer, Carleton University.
"In legal interpretation, where does meaning come from? Law is made from language, yet law, unlike other language-related disciplines, has not so far experienced its "pragmatic turn" towards inference and the construction of meaning. This book investigates to what extent a pragmatically based view of l linguistic and legal interpretation can lead to new theoretical views for law and, in addition, to practical consequences in legal decision-making. With its traditional emphasis on the letter of the law and the immutable stability of a text as legal foundation, law has been slow to take the pragmatic perspective: namely, the language-user's experience and activity in making meaning. More accustomed to literal than to pragmatic notions of meaning, that is, in the text rather than constructed by speakers and hearers ... the disciplines of law may be culturally resistant to the pragmatic turn. By bringing together the different but complementary perspectives of pragmaticians and lawyers, this book addresses the issue of to what extent legal meaning can be productively analysed as deriving from resources beyond the text, ... beyond the letter of the law. This collection re-visits the feasibility of the notion of literal meaning for legal interpretation and, at the same time, the feasibility of pragmatic meaning for law. Can explications of pragmatic meaning support court actions in the same way concepts of literal meaning have traditionally supported statutory interpretations and court judgements? What are the consequences of a user-based view of language for the law, in both its practices of interpretation and its definition of itself as a field? Readers will find in this collection means of approaching such questions, and promising routes for inquiry into the genre- and field-specific characteristics of inference in law. In many respects, the problem of literal vs. pragmatic ... meaning confined to the text vs. reaching beyond it ... will appear to parallel the dichotomy in law between textualism and intentionalism. There are indeed illuminating connections between the pair of linguistic terms and the more publicly controversial legal ones. But the parallel is not exact, and the linguistic dichotomy is in any case anterior to the legal one. Even as linguistic-pragmatic investigation may serve legal domains, the legal questions themselves point back to central conditions of all linguistic meaning."
- Physical Description:
x, 373 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Boston ; Berlin : Walter de Gruyter Inc., 
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Table of Contents
- Dedicated to the memory of Peter Tiersma / Larry Solan
- Preface / Janet Giltrow and Dieter Stein
- Introduction / Janet Giltrow
- I. Linguistic-pragmatic approaches to interference in law. Telling it slant : toward a taxonomy of deception / Laurence R. Horn
- Cooperation in Chinese courtroom discourse / Meizhen Liao and Yadi Sun
- Inference and intention in legal interpretation / Nicholas Allott and Benjamin Shaer
- Pragmatics and legal texts : how best to account for the gaps between literal meaning and communicative meaning / Brian G. Slocum
- One ambiguity, three legal approaches / Lawrence M. Solan
- II. Horizons of inference : extending the context of interpretation. Between similarity and analogy : rethinking the role of prototypes in law and cognitive linguistics / Angela Condello and Alexandra Arapinis
- When is an insult a crime? : on diverging conceptualizations and changing legislation / Klaus P. Schneider and Dirk Zielasko
- Pragmatic interpretation by judges : constrained performatives and the deployment of gender bias / Frances Olsen
- Disguising the dynamism of the law in Canadian courts : judges using dictionaries / Shurli Makmillen and Margery Fee
- III. Across borders : new methods for study of inference. Legal translation pragmatics : legal meaning as text-external convention : the case of 'chattels' / Svetlana V. Vlasenko
- Calculating legal meanings? : drawbacks and opportunities of corpus-assisted legal linguistics to make the law (more) explicit / Friedemann Vogel
- The common error in theories of adjudication : an inferentialist argument for a doctrinal conception / Ralf Poscher
- On inferencing in law / Dieter Stein.