Pragmatics in legal interpretation

Durant, Alan ORCID logoORCID: and Leung, Janny (2017) Pragmatics in legal interpretation. In: The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics. Barron, Anne, Gu, Yueguo and Steen, Gerald, eds. Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics . Routledge, London, pp. 535-549. ISBN 9780415531412, e-ISBN 9781315668925, pbk-ISBN 9780367529109. [Book Section] (doi:10.4324/9781315668925-38)

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How should pragmatic dimensions of meaning be understood when they occur in the frequently normative use of language in law? In this chapter, referring principally to common law systems, we outline how pragmatic issues arise in the interpretation of legal texts; we describe how legal interpretation has treated indirect and implied meaning; and we ask how far dialogue between linguistic pragmatics and law can enrich thinking and practice in each of these fields.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: eBook published January 20, 2017
Hardback published January 27, 2017
Paperback published April 28, 2020
Research Areas: A. > School of Law
Item ID: 21297
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics on 20/01/2017, available online:
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Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 16:50
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