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The law of dictionaries/dictionaries and the law

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Presented at Subject Lexicography session
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This paper explores the relationship between dictionaries as sources for "authoritative" meanng and the impact of such authority on contemporary legal decisions. One aspect of this relationship is the role of the "proscriptive" as opposed to "descriptive" dictionary, especially as the former attempts to fix current allowable usage and the latter provides meanings that reflect various historical moments. The paper thus builds on the work of Kevin Werbach on the connections between conservative...

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CUNY Graduate Center, New York, United States
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English
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2011-02-15

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