July 24, 2008
Amicus Brief of Linguistics Professors
This is of interest, an amicus brief filed on behalf of no party by a group of linguistics professors in the U.S. Supreme Court, available here. This is from the brief in U.S. v. Hayes, filed by Neal Goldfarb at Tighe Patton Armstrong (thanks for posting it!):
Even though interpreting written texts is central to
the legal process, legal education typically pays little or
no attention to how language works or to methodologies
for analyzing disputes about language, the assumption
apparently being that by the time people reach law
school, they already have the necessary knowledge and
skill. Because using and understanding language seems
as natural as breathing, we take language for granted,
and most of us do not realize that what we were taught
in high school merely scratches the surface.
Additional materials are available here.
I'm on vacation, so posts will be sparse.