Review Article of Implicatures Within Legal Language by Izabela Skoczeń

International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 33 (4):1199-1205 (2020)
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The relationship between legal interpretation and ordinary understanding has raised growing interest among legal scholars. According to the mainstream view, law is a communicative phenomenon and, therefore, the best theory of ordinary communication should also explain and guide legal interpretation. Certainly, it is very controversial which theory is the best one, but, even if there are many candidates, Grice’s conversation model has attracted a lot of attention. Some legal scholars claim that Grice’s theory of conversational maxims should be applied in legal domain, while others dispute this claim. Izabela Skoczeń’s book, Implicatures within legal language provides an original contribution to this ongoing debate. Through an interdisciplinary approach that engages with the most recent advances in Pragmatics as well as with the most popular legal approaches, Skoczeń recasts Grice’s theory of conversational implicatures in order to explain the mechanisms behind court decisions. This review article provides a critical examination of Skoczeń’s book, highlighting its strengths as well as its problems.

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Literal Meaning.François Récanati - 2002 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
Studies in the Way of Words.Paul Grice - 1989 - Philosophy 65 (251):111-113.
The pragmatics of legal language.Andrei Marmor - 2008 - Ratio Juris 21 (4):423-452.

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