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A Guest Blog Series from the Center’s Recent Colloquium on Corpus Linguistics and the Second Amendment

By on July 5, 2021 Categories: , , ,

A few weeks ago, the Center hosted a virtual colloquium on Corpus Linguistics and the Second Amendment with experts who are at the forefront of the study of corpus linguistics and its application to a variety of legal questions. Approaching the issue from a broad range of interests, expertise, and backgrounds, these experts raised a host of interesting questions about the role of corpus linguistics in answering questions about the Second Amendment. We are excited to run a blog series with the incisive essays the participants generated and will be posting them here daily over the course of the next two weeks. Below are the participants and the titles of their essays. After the series ends, I will update this post with links to all the essays.

Panel 1: The Role of Corpus Linguistics in Constitutional Interpretation and Considerations of Stare Decisis

  • Kevin Tobia, Assistant Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
    • Dueling Dictionaries and Clashing Corpora
  • Anya Bernstein, Professor of Law, SUNY Buffalo Law School
    • More than Words
  • Stephen Mouritsen, Shareholder, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless and Adjunct Professor, Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School
    • Corpora and Historical Texts
  • William Baude, Professor of Law & Faculty Director, Constitutional Law Institute, University of Chicago Law School
    • Heller Survives the Corpus

Panel 2: Corpus Linguistics in the Second Amendment

  • Dennis Baron, Professor of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Corpus Linguistics, Public Meaning, and the Second Amendment
  • James Phillips, Assistant Professor of Law, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law
    • [title TBD]
  • Neal Goldfarb, an independent scholar specializing in law & linguistics
    • Regarding the Strength of the Corpus Evidence (and Noting Issues the Evidence Doesn’t Resolve)
  • Kari Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Queensland
    • The “Strange” Syntax of the Second Amendment
  • Gregory Wallace, Professor of Law, Campbell University School of Law
    • Corpus Linguistics and the Meaning of “Bear Arms”