Using Prototype Theory to Determine the Ordinary Meaning of Words
Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law, Vol. 79, p. 486-495, 2016
10 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2017
Date Written: August 26, 2016
There are a number of ways to determine the ordinary meaning of words, amongst others corpus linguistic and frame semantic approaches – which are not discussed in this note. For the purpose of this note we would like to introduce legal scholars and practitioners to prototype theory, which is possibly one of the best cognitive means to interpret meaning in judicial matters.
Keywords: prototype theory, interpretation of words, ordinary meaning of words
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