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  • The Language of Judgesby Lawrence M. Solan

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 22.50

    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... more...

  • The Language of Statutesby Lawrence M. Solan

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 36.00

    Pulling the rug out from debates about interpretation, The Language of Statutes joins together learning from law, linguistics, and cognitive science to illuminate the fundamental issues and problems in this highly contested area. Here, Lawrence M. Solan argues that statutory interpretation is alive, well, and not in need of the major overhaul that... more...

  • Speaking of Crimeby Lawrence M. Solan; Peter M. Tiersma

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 25.00

    Why do so many people voluntarily consent to searches by have the police search their person or vehicle when they know that they are carrying contraband or evidence of illegal activity? Does everyone understand the Miranda warning? How well can people recognize a voice on tape? Can linguistic experts identify who wrote an anonymous threatening letter?... more...

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