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The Pragmatic Turn in Law

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Giltrow, Janet / Stein, Dieter

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(Hardback | ISBN 9781501513268 | 373 pages)

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This collection of contributions from both linguists and lawyers brings a pragmatic perspective to the linguistic basis for legal meaning and for finding a norm by which to decide a case. That is, it turns from notions of linguistic meaning as residing in the text, as &#143literal&#144 meaning waiting to be dug out, to focus instead on how readers infer pragmatic meaning, and on the kinds of inferencing that characterise legal discourse.