Abstracts have been posted for the papers presented at CSMN Workshop 2012: The Pragmatics of Legal Language, held 28-29 May 2012 at Oslo University.
The workshop was sponsored by the Oslo University Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature.
Here is a description of the workshop:
This workshop focuses on the pragmatic (and semantic) issues that arise in the interpretation of legal language, the extent to which they are continuous with issues of linguistic interpretation generally and the extent to which they are specific to the legal context. A central question is the applicability of Gricean (neo-Gricean) maxims or the cognitive-communicative principles of Relevance Theory to legal language. More specific topics in linguistic pragmatics include ambiguity, reference fixing, vagueness, lexical meaning adjustment, loose and/or metaphorical language use, implicature, presupposition, and illocutionary force. We anticipate that a sizable subset of these topics will be discussed as well as the textualist/intentionalist debate (Neale 2008 [Textualism with intent]), the literalist/contextualist debate, and the distinction between the interpretation of a law and its application.