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Definition in Theory and Practice: Language, Lexicography and the Law
     

Definition in Theory and Practice: Language, Lexicography and the Law

by Roy Harris, Christopher Hutton
 

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ISBN-10: 0826497055

ISBN-13: 9780826497055

Pub. Date: 07/24/2007

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

The problem of definition has a long history and has engaged the minds of some of the most eminent thinkers in the Western tradition, from Plato and Aristotle onwards. But it is also an everyday problem constantly confronting all who have to draft or interpret the countless texts on which modern society depends. Definition in Theory and Practice focuses on two

Overview

The problem of definition has a long history and has engaged the minds of some of the most eminent thinkers in the Western tradition, from Plato and Aristotle onwards. But it is also an everyday problem constantly confronting all who have to draft or interpret the countless texts on which modern society depends. Definition in Theory and Practice focuses on two areas where difficulties arise in a particularly acute form: lexicography and the law. Examining a wide range of approaches and definitional techniques, backed up by detailed analyses of dictionary entries and court cases, the authors provide a comprehensive survey of their subject. They argue that what underlies the problem of definition are conflicting assumptions about the way language functions. This in-depth study of definition will be of interest to academics researching lexicography, semantics and the intersection of linguistics and jurisprudence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826497055
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
07/24/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Part One: Definition and Theory
1. On stipulative definition
2. On definition and common usage
3. On real definition
4. Ostensive definition and linguistic theoryPart Two: Definition and the Dictionary
5. The lexicographer's task
6. Definitions and history
7. Types and problems of definitionPart Three: Definition and the Law
8. The definition of law and legal definition
9. Strategies of construction
10. Linguistics, science and meaningPart Four: Conclusion
11. Definition, indeterminacy and referenceBibliographyIndex

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