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The Language of Statutes: Laws and Their Interpretation

Lawrence M. Solan


Pulling the rug out from debates about interpretation, this book joins together learning from law, linguistics, and cognitive science to illuminate the fundamental issues and problems in this highly contested area. The book argues that statutory interpretation is alive, well, and not in need of the major overhaul that many have suggested. Rather, it suggests, the majority of people understand their rights and obligations most of the time, with difficult cases occurring in circumstances that we can predict from understanding when our minds do not work in a lawlike way. The book explains that th ... More

Keywords: law, linguistics, cognitive science, interpretive problems, statutory interpretation, statutes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226767963
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226767987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence M. Solan, author