Briefly 3.13 – Interpreting the Law through Corpus Linguistics

This is Briefly, a production of the University of Chicago Law Review. Today we’re discussing Corpus Linguistics, which is a sub-field of linguistics that employs database searches to study language usage. Through this linguistic method, jurists, lawyers, and legal academics can add empirical rigor to textualist assumptions regarding the legal meaning of words, based on how they are used in practice. We’re joined by Justice Thomas Lee, Associate Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, to help us understand this topic. Music from

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