Scalia v. the linguists

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jun 27 21:32:01 UTC 2008

[Relayed from Will Salmon:]

Did you catch Antonin Scalia's swat at the authors of "The Linguist
Brief" (which includes Dennis Baron) in his opinion in the DC handgun
case? It comes from page 15 of the report:

"A purposive qualifying phrase that contradicts the word or phrase it
modifies is unknown this side of the looking glass (except, apparently,
in some courses on Linguistics)."

It turns out to be a fascinating read, especially the first part where
the grammar of the 2nd amendment is dealt with.


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