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Author Solan, Lawrence, 1952-
Title The language of judges / Lawrence M. Solan.
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1993]

Series Language and legal discourse
Language and legal discourse.
Subject Judicial opinions -- United States -- Language.
Judges -- United States -- Language.
Law -- United States -- Language.
Judicial process -- United States.
Semantics (Law)
Analysis (Philosophy)
Law Terminology
United States
Description 1 online resource (xii, 218 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-209) and index.
Contents Preface; Introduction: Judging Language; 1. Chomsky and Cardozo: Linguistics and the Law; 2. The Judge as Linguist; 3. Stacking the Deck; 4. When the Language Is Clear; 5. Too Much Precision; 6. Some Problems with Words: Trying to Understand the Constitution; 7. Why It Hasn't Gotten Any Better; Notes; Table of Cases; Index.
Summary Since many legal disputes are battles over the meaning of a statute, contract, testimony, or the Constitution, judges must interpret language in order to decide why one proposed meaning overrides another. And in making their decisions about meaning appear authoritative and fair, judges often write about the nature of linguistic interpretation. In the first book to examine the linguistic analysis of law, Lawrence M. Solan shows that judges sometimes inaccurately portray the way we use language, creating inconsistencies in their decisions and threatening the fairness of the judicial system. Sola.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780226767895 (electronic bk.)
0226767892 (electronic bk.)
9780226767901 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0226767906 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0226767906 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0226767914 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 656855931
Additional Format Print version: Solan, Lawrence, 1952- Language of judges. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1993 9780226767901 (DLC) 92028628 (OCoLC)26396877