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About Dennis Baron

Professor of English and linguistics, emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. See more: https://english.illinois.edu/directory/profile/debaron

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Corpus Linguistics, Public Meaning, and the Second Amendment

Posted by on July 12, 2021

Conservative jurists claim to focus on the text and nothing but the text as they seek to discover the original public meaning of the Second Amendment. But it’s not clear that the amendment ever had a single shared meaning, or if it did, whether that meaning is recoverable. That’s true of any text, not just […]