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Language, Meaning and the Law

Chris Hutton


This work offers a critical guide to debates concerning linguistic meaning and interpretation in relation to legal language. Law is an ideal domain for studying fundamental questions relating to how we assign meanings to words, understand and comment on texts, and deal with socially and ideologically significant questions of interpretation. Theoretical issues of concern to linguists, philosophers, literary theorists, and others are made vivid by the demands of the legal context, since law is driven by the need for practical solutions and for determinate outcomes based on explicit reasoning. To ... More

Keywords: Law, Meaning, Interpretation, Linguistics, Legal theory, Definition, Authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780748633500
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633500.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Hutton, author