July 20, 2011
More on Corpus Linguistics
Posted by Gordon Smith

I have blogged twice about corpus linguistics (here and here), but both posts have generated substantial interest, so in an effort to give additional credit where credit is due -- and to facilitate exploration of the application of corpus linguistics to law -- I am linking to Neal Goldfarb's briefs, including the AT&T brief that attracted so much attention recently. Goldfarb is not trained as a linguist, but he has elevated the profile of linguistics through his work as a practicing lawyer. You can read about him here. His blog is called LAWnLinguistics

For other pioneers in this area, readers may be interested in Clark D. Cunningham, Judith N. Levi, Georgia M. Green & Jeffrey P. Kaplan, Plain Meaning and Hard Cases, 103 Yale L.J. 1561 (1993) and Clark D. Cunningham & Charles J. Fillmore, Using Common Sense: A Linguistic Perspective on Judicial Interpretations of “Use a Firearm,” 73 Wash. U. L. Q. 1159 (1995).

By the way, Mark Liberman, Director of the Linguistic Data Consortium at the University of Pennsylvania, is astonished that it has taken lawyers so long to get around to linguistics. Yes, I agree. I am astonished, too.

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