Advancing Law and Corpus Linguistics: Importing Principles and Practices from Survey and Content-Analysis Methodologies to Improve Corpus Design and Analysis

31 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2017 Last revised: 16 Feb 2018

James Cleith Phillips

Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School

Jesse Egbert

Northern Arizona University

Date Written: December 8, 2017

Abstract

The nascent field of law and corpus linguistics has much to offer legal interpretation. But to do so it must more fully incorporate principles from survey and content analysis methodologies used in the social sciences. Importing such will provide greater rigor, transparency, reproducibility and accuracy in the important quest to determine the meaning of the law. This paper highlights some of those principles to provide a best-practices guide to those seeking to perform law and corpus linguistic analysis.

Keywords: corpus linguistics, legal interpretation

Suggested Citation

Phillips, James Cleith and Egbert, Jesse, Advancing Law and Corpus Linguistics: Importing Principles and Practices from Survey and Content-Analysis Methodologies to Improve Corpus Design and Analysis (December 8, 2017). Brigham Young University Law Review, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3057415

James Cleith Phillips (Contact Author)

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Jesse Egbert

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