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  

Terrence R. Carney

University of South Africa

L Bergh

University of the Free State

Date Written: August 26, 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Carney, Terrence R. and Bergh, L, Using Prototype Theory to Determine the Ordinary Meaning of Words (August 26, 2016). Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law, Vol. 79, p. 486-495, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2923954

Terrence R. Carney (Contact Author)

University of South Africa ( email )

P.O. Box 392
UNISA
Pretoria, Gauteng 0003
South Africa

L Bergh

University of the Free State ( email )

205 Nelson Mandela Drive
Park West
Bloemfontein, Free State 9300
South Africa

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